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Ride, 2016

Painting

Oil, spray paint, glitter, collage on canvas

64.00 x 54.00 in

162.6 x 137.2 cm

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This work is signed and dated on verso.

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    About The Work

    Crafting elaborate and fantastical self-portraits using paint, glitter, beads, and other non-traditional materials, American artist Devan Shimoyama explores the multitudes of his own identity and the “relationship between celebration and silence in queer culture and sexuality.” The artist says of his work, “using primarily self-portraiture, I renounce the notion of one’s body belonging to oneself. My body serves as the home in which I reside, maintain and utilize his functionality to navigate the world. He becomes a portal for the viewer to enter and undergo a symbiotic relationship with him. Fairy tales, folklore and mythology greatly influence the narrative element within my paintings, alluding to a creation myth of the queer black male.”

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