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Devin Troy Strother

American, b. 1986
look at my guuurl Sha'niece over there getting her shine on (with that John McCracken Lean), 2013, Acrylic on auto-body paint on wood, 95 (H) x 24 (W) x 1 1/2 (D) inches
look at my guuurl Sha'niece over there getting her shine on (with that John McCracken Lean), 2013, Acrylic on auto-body paint on wood, 95 (H) x 24 (W) x 1 1/2 (D) inches

The artist comments on race issues, kitsch, and the exuberance of “high art,” sometimes all in a single piece.

Devin Troy Strother’s work is eclectic in its materials, references, and content. The artist comments on race issues, kitsch, and the exuberance of “high art,” sometimes all in a single piece. While Strother is serious about art making, he has a sense of humor about what he is doing. His pieces and their corresponding titles poke fun at race-related stereotypes, suggesting to the gallerygoer that perhaps we need not take this art thing so seriously. Strother well knows that critics and art writers cannot help but make comparisons between the artist’s work and that of his predecessors, and so he does the writers’ homework for them, often titling his paintings with explicit references to artists who have influenced that particular work.

Devin Troy Strother’s work is eclectic in its materials, references, and content. The artist comments on race issues, kitsch, and the exuberance of “high art,” sometimes all in a single piece. While Strother is serious about art making, he has a sense of humor about what he is doing. His pieces and their corresponding titles poke fun at race-related stereotypes, suggesting to the gallerygoer that perhaps we need not take this art thing so seriously. Strother well knows that critics and art writers cannot help but make comparisons between the artist’s work and that of his predecessors, and so he does the writers’ homework for them, often titling his paintings with explicit references to artists who have influenced that particular work.

 

​Born in West Covina, California, Strother attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been honored with several solo exhibitions since bursting onto the Los Angeles art scene in 2009, including shows at Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; and Marlborough Gallery, New York. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesArtspace, and Vice. Strother lives and works in Los Angeles.

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