Devin Reynolds creates paintings that incorporate language and evoke the hand-made signs and advertisements of post-War America. With typography and style that conjure a sense of nostalgia, the work counterbalances its romanticism by raising powerful issues related to poverty and racial justice.
Born in Venice Beach in 1991, Reynolds spent much of his youth surfing and working as a deckhand on a sportfishing boat. After studying architecture at Tulane University, Devin Reynolds discovered painting through his work as a sign painter and graffiti writer. He was raised between flea markets, yard sales, and the beach, which later influenced his practice with creating signs on different textures and backgrounds. His first encounters with his artistic process came in his early twenties in the form of graffiti. His obsession for graffiti developed when he began painting his assumed alias on the sides of railroad freight cars across the US. The artist’s practice finds itself at the intersection of graffiti and his love for nostalgic urban design and sign painting, through the lense of his biracial upbringing in Los Angeles. Devin’s work investigates his personal experience of his racial duality, and the relationship to social and political practices in America.
In 2018, his work was featured in the solo exhibition Tyrone Don’t Surf at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans. In the same year, he was awarded an Early Art Practitioners Residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Reynolds lives and works in Los Angeles.