Described recently in a major publication as a “New West” artist, David DeVary’s sleekly painted art, prints and posters of cowboys and cowgirls, surrounded in silver, gold and copper metallic leaf exude a definite “attitude”. They are introspective figures whose body language and mannerisms are so relaxed and confident that they capture the romantic and idealized good feelings associated with the western myth and the “American Dream”.
Rather than depict formal portraits or action shots, DeVary prefers to show his characters just before or after they have finished fighting it out with a bull or waiting on the sidelines relaxing before the next competition. In surrounding his figures with metallic leaf, the images become more of a symbol or icon, rather than a depiction of the reality of a particular person and place. As a result, his art, prints and posters take on a larger-than-life quality representing the embodiment of repressed wishes and desires of a modern society.
DeVary’s art, prints and posters have been featured in museum exhibitions, notably at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis in 1996 and was part of a national museum tour from 2000-2004, called “The Other Side of the West”.