Devries began painting through Artists Creating Together (ACT), a Grand Rapids-based organization offering studio support and classes for Disabled artists of all ages. When chronic pain and muscle weakness made it difficult for him to hold a paintbrush, he began using credit cards and refrigerator magnets to move the paint across the canvas. The tiny abstract landscapes are “found” paintings that appear in the process of completing larger ones. Devries’s practice and his life are characterized by the element of chance. While the onset of fatigue and pain in his body are unpredictable, he is also delighted by the forms, like mountains, animals, and other figures that surprise him in his own miniature pictures.
Devries is a participating member of Grand Valley Artists and exhibits regularly in West Michigan venues with ACT, Mary Free Bed, the Legacy Trust, and in ArtPrize.
Year: 2010 - present
Medium: Paint on credit cards
Courtesy of the Artist
ArtPrize Vote Code: 68600
The work is comprised of an arrangement of 54 painted credit cards. Each of the paintings are abstract rather than representational. The paint is of various shades of color, including white, black, yellow, blue, green, red, and gray. Though the paint covers the cards entirely, in places, you can see their original embossed text showing through.