Eric Dever: A Thousand Nows

Rasta Oil Painting by Rani Carson

Eric Dever: A Thousand Nows, an exhibit of oil paintings will be on view at Suffolk County Community College’s

Lyceum Gallery on the Eastern Campus from February 1st through March 11th, 2020. A reception will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Helen Harrison will conduct a Q & A session with the artist at 4:30 during his reception on February 5 in the Lyceum Gallery.

Eric Dever will exhibit 22 new works inspired mostly by the East End of Long Island. Layering veils of exuberant color, Dever creates the illusion of depth while describing atmosphere that falls over views of Montauk Point, Sag Harbor’s Clam Island, and Southampton’s Flying Point Beach. Forms appear weightless and at times dematerialize reversing figure and ground. Similarly, Similarly, Dever paints his experience of plants that he cultivates in his Water Mill studio garden. Agapanthus, Bird of Paradise, and roses that are past their prime become metaphors for the past, evocative of places and characters from literature. Dever’s work harkens from experiences deep within his sensory memory of growing up in California. The artist explains:

Los Angeles is subtropical, the sun is more intense and sets over the Pacific, my paint selection, when working with a full palette has remained consistent, especially a love of Cadmium Orange; but the blue hues I am mixing echo the long late spring and summer twilight of the Northeast.

These sensations inform Dever’s work today here on the East End becoming examples of a type of compressed time.

Dever developed his full spectrum visual language after years of studying white, black, and red, which the artist describes “was like breaking a long fast,” and continuing his inclusion of color, he arrived at his current work.

In January 2019 Dever’s exhibit Painting in a House Made of Air, at Berry Campbell in New York attracted a large audience. Dever’s exhibit Light, Energy and Matter at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California (2017) featured 45 works covering his visual interpretation of natural forces. At New York University, Kimmel

Galleries Dever exhibited 29 works in an exhibit spanning a decade, Clarity, Passion, and Dark Inertia. Dever’s work was included in a group exhibit, Grey Matter, at the Painting Center in New York (2012). Dever’s paintings are in a number of public collections including Grey Art Gallery, New York University, the Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY), Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY). Dever’s paintings are currently on view in the US. Consulate in Hong Kong and Macau in the Art in Embassies, State Department Exhibition program (2016 – 2019).

After receiving a Master of Arts from New York University in 1988, Dever worked in the architecture firm, Pei

Cobb Freed & Partners in New York, while continuing to exhibit his paintings. Dever moved to the East end in 2002 and became immersed in the artistic community. At Guild Hall his work, a 5 x 10 foot painting was placed on stage for Joseph Pintauro’s play, Cloud Life, as part of the “The Painting Plays” (2012). Artist Robert Dash, invited Dever to teach the first painting classes at the Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack (2012). Dever continues to present studio painting workshops at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. For a complete resume of Eric Dever’s career, visit ericdever.com

In conjunction with Eric Dever’s exhibit, A Thousand Nows. Helen Harrison has agreed to conduct a Q & A session with the artist at 4:30 during his reception on February 5 in the Lyceum Gallery. Helen Harrison is the Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, and a known art critic who wrote for the NYT for a number of years. 

Helen Harrison's CV

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and holidays. For additional information, please call 548-2536.

Directions to the Eastern Campus: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 70. Take Country Road 111 four miles to Country Road 51. Turn left toward Riverhead and go north on 51. After 3.5 miles, turn right onto Speonk-Riverhead Road to the campus entrance on the right.

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Lyceum Gallery
Eastern Campus
121 Speonk-Riverhead Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Orient Building
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Margery Gosnell-Qua
Gallery Coordinator
(631) 548-2536

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Gallery is Closed on Sundays and Holidays.

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