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Thursday 16 August 2018

My cultural life: Vincent Devine, artist

Vincent Devine
Vincent Devine

Vincent Devine is an artist based in the midlands. Just back from a hugely successful show in Toronto, Vincent's work is gaining huge momentum both nationally and internationally. His work has been commissioned by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Tyra Banks, Shakira, Alanis Morissette and JK Rowling.

He is currently exhibiting his Ambigutree series (vincentdevine.com/ambigutree.html) with plans to expand into new and exciting projects in the next few years.

He works alongside his partner Lynn and has two children Annalie (6) and Rowan (2). His exhibitions include Imagine in the Russell Gallery in Clare (starting May 19), and at house 2018 at the RDS (May 26-28).

Film: Interstellar


I love the juxtaposition of human relationship and space exploration in Interstellar (above). I can see the idea of questioning our place in the universe slowly seeping into the zeitgeist of our time and I see it being addressed more and more in the entertainment industry.

Music: Ennio Morricone, Ecstasy of Gold

It was through Quentin Tarantino's use of Ennio's music in his movies that I came by Ennio's work. I find him to be the greatest composer of our time - the mix of build up and dramatic operatic vocals just give me chills every time. We had the honour of seeing him live in Dublin last year and, if he returns, I highly recommend the concert.

Design: Bauhaus Design


I loved the Bauhaus Design movement in the early 1900s. The use of curved line and clean typography in some of the posters (example above) really pushed the idea of abstraction into the graphic design arena. You can really see a simplification of all visual representation during this period with artists like Kandinsky and Picasso moving towards simplified forms. I have an honours degree in graphic design which surprises people, but I think it comes through in the simplistic and clean visual of my work.

Artist: Caravaggio

I remember seeing the painting Saint Jerome Writing in an art history book and being floored at the use of light in the piece. I took the book home and started to turn the lights on and off in my room and it blew my mind that the painting still looked like it was lit in a darkened room. It's a method I have used, and most of my paintings work in very dim light to look like there is still a source of light.

Book : Astrophysics


I recently wrote a manifesto to support new work I'll be doing this year and part of it required me to research quantum mechanics. I found author Neil deGrasse Tyson's explanations in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on all things space very digestible.

house 2018 is Ireland's only trend-led and style-focused interiors event taking place in Dublin's RDS on May 25-27, showcasing world-class design and the cream of Irish interiors talent. Buy your tickets now at www.house-event.ie/tickets, under 12s go free.


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