Joan Mitchell Center

Devin Reynolds

Young Artist-in-Residence
July 10–August 4
New Orleans, LA

Devin Reynolds is a painter based out of New Orleans, and received his BA in Architecture from Tulane University in 2017. Originally from Venice Beach, California he grew up working as a deckhand on The Betty O, a local sportfishing boat.  He was raised between flea markets, yard sales and the beach. His early childhood memories are filled with times setting up his mother's booths at antique shows, surfing and fishing up and down the coast. Devin’s first encounters with artmaking came in his early twenties in the form of graffiti. His obsession for graffiti took off when he began painting his assumed alias on the sides of freight cars that traverse the railroads of North America. Devin’s art practice finds itself at the intersection of graffiti and his love for nostalgic Americana design and sign painting, through the lens of his biracial upbringing in Los Angeles. Speaking on the cultural duality of his household he says, “Growing up with a quote-un-quote black dad and white mom, I lived in two different worlds. In my mom’s world it was like Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumors and my dad’s was Tupac’s album All Eyez on Me.” Devin’s work investigates personal experience in these two worlds and their mutual relationships to social and political practices in America.   

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Canadian National x 76759

Canadian National x 76759

2014, spray enamel on steel, 13 x 60 feet

Golden West x 76759

Golden West x 76759

2015, spray enamel on steel, 13 x 60 feet

76759 x You go Girl

76759 x You go Girl

2015, spray enamel and acrylic on CMU brick, 8 x 50 feet

76759 x Rail Car

76759 x Rail Car

spray enamel on steel, 12 x 50 feet

Dream Big

Dream Big

2016, latex paint on wall, 12 x 75 feet

76759 Whole Car

76759 Whole Car

2016, latex paint on steel, 12 x 60 feet

Mega Blow Out

Mega Blow Out

2015, spray enamel and acrylic on wood, collage, 8 x 16 feet

Sentenced

Sentenced

2015, spray enamel and acrylic on wood and metal, UNO gallery St Claude, 6 x 45 feet

Legs and Thighs

Legs and Thighs

2017, acrylic and oil on wood, collage, 3 x 3 feet

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

2017, spray enamel and acrylic on wood, collage, 3 x 3 feet