Los Angeles Artist Devin Crane uses fashion and the human condition to create rich narratives. Crane continually finds new ways of interweaving high fashion and luxury branding to amplify the compelling artistry in his paintings. His paintings create a vivid dreamlike world that draws reference from pop culture, fashion, advertising and celebrities.
Devin Crane is pleased to present 5 new original paintings and selected works to be exhibited at Art Monaco 11. The exhibition will be held in Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum from Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3, 2011. The collection is about our desires for fulfillment, luxury brands and the perfect euphoria. Crane wanted to create a collection of paintings that would portray a relatable dreamlike state of mind. “Fashion plays a crucial role in my work because it allows me to show insight into how we feel and who we want to be or portray on any given day.” The painting “High Fashion Safari” deals with the notion of creating your own perfect utopia. What if you could literally re-fashion the world as you wanted it to look? “Snake Charmer” is about regaining our power, conquering our fears and ownership of ourselves as powerful sexual beings. The woman in the painting is no longer a victim and has suppressed her fears and used confidence and sexuality to seduce her captive. Swarovski Crystals were used to embellish many of the paintings in the collection. “I want the paintings to feel like pieces of expensive jewelry hanging on a wall, in which transforms them into luxury items themselves.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Devin Crane’s work is rapidly being sought out for many important private collections and commissions. For 15 years, Devin has been employed as a lead designer with the world’s top film studios including DreamWorks Animation. Crane has exhibited at many galleries around the United States and represented in Europe by Galerie Arludik in Paris. His work has been featured in esteemed publications around the world. Devin was the official 2010 poster artist for the Cannes/Mougins Senior Golf Tournament.