Born: Belfast N. Ireland Education : Educated : BA Hons Fine Art ( Painting ),
Advanced Diploma ( Painting ) University of Ulster MFA Studio Arts ( Painting ), Syracuse University, New York (1979 – 1981)
Gerry Devlin’s work operates in a space between formal abstract investigation and a psychologically charged visual enquiry. Essentially self referential, the paintings nonetheless incorporate both a contemplative and oblique visual narrative in deploying images of fragments, objects and motifs from the commonplace, to the personal, to the museum artefact. The paintings explore and reflect notions of individual and collective memories and histories without recourse to anatomical confines, infusing inanimate forms with a sense of human loss, fragility and resilience.
Awards: Awards include : Prizewinner, Strictly Painting 11, McClean Project for the Arts, VA, USA; Maryland State Arts Council Individual Arts Award, 1st Prizewinner, 2nd Open Exhibition, Works on Paper, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast; Prizewinner, Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo, Purchase Prize, 43rd Annual Exhibition, Munsen- Williams- Proctor Art Museum, Utica New York.
Solo Exhibition : Solo exhibitions include : Engine Room Gallery 2014, Old Museum Arts Centre, 2008,Belfast, Engine Room Gallery Belfast, 2007 Fenderesky Gallery Belfast, ,Old museum Arts Centre, 2004, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co Laois,2003 , School 33 Arts Centre Baltimore USA,1998, Halcyon Gallery Baltimore USA 1996 Project Arts Centre Dublin, Crawford Municipal Arts Gallery Cork, Arts Council Gallery Belfast, 1989/90
Group Exhibitions: Include : Fenderesky Gallery Belfast, Naughton Gallery, Queens University Belfast, ,Sligo Art Gallery ,Ormeau Baths Gallery, Emerson Gallery Washington USA, Resurgam Gallery Baltimore USA, Claremorris Prizewinners, Ireland. Monaghan County Museum, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse , New York, Munsen-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, New York.
Work in Collections include: Arts Council of N. Ireland ; Queens University Belfast ; Office of Public Works,Dublin ;Munsen-Williams-Proctor Museum of Contemporary Art, Utica New York : Monaghan County Museum, Ireland ; Craigavon Area Hospital, N Ireland ; St Louises Comprehensive College, Belfast; private collections in Ireland and USA.
Teaching/Lecturing work : 2004 – present : Full time Lecturer Foundation Studies in Art & Design, University of Ulster