Contemporary pop artist reminiscent of Andy Warhol, reflects the iconic images of the past along with current popular culture. During his academic career studying painting and drawing at the University of Utah, he caught the eye of the Dean of Fine Arts who sponsored him with an innovative bachelor’s degree to ensure his commercial career through specific business and marketing courses. This led to a highly competitive internship at the curator’s office of the Supreme Court of the United States, and on to an extensive study program abroad of art history and language in Europe where he became fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian. Upon graduation, DeVon collaborated with other artists and promoted their work through managing and owning galleries in Beverly Hills, Laguna Beach, Carmel, San Francisco, Park City, and Aspen. He has lectured in academies of art in Russia, France, Italy, China, South America, and throughout the United States.
De Von never knew his Hollywood father, but it is through his father’s death that he relates to the loss and haunting beauty in Hollywood icons, rock legends and dreamers. He connects with his subjects in their moment of truth, their eternal “now moment” when the past is gone and the future does not yet exist; when they experienced a glimpse of the pure truth, subtle, sparkling, bright, dazzling, glorious, and radiantly awesome. He captures these moments and encrusts his subjects in spiritual light through diamond dust, Swarovski crystals, black light, veils, or vibrant color. He screen prints images from his own photographs, or sources them from popular culture and mass advertising, then works with a wide variety of other media like acrylic paint, linen, enamel, embedded light/ black light, shadow box, wood or, he’ll create a 3-dimensional ghost like world of multiple layers of plexi-glass. His work invites viewers to a private glimpse of the truth in his subjects.
De Von inspired the local Park City Elementary school kids to paint a 2,500 sq ft pop art mural on the floor of his studio, inviting children and parents to a special evening during the Sundance Film Festival where they gave away a record number of little works of art to over 400 children in attendance. De Von opens his Park City studio each year to the Sundance Film Festival, collaborating with the festival organizers to create a contemporary music venue inside his gallery, blending music, his art, and that of many other popular visual artists. His large, elegant studio has hosted concerts, exhibits, private film screenings, corporate parties, and the Hollywood elite. DeVon has brought art, film, and music together with some of the most recognized celebrities and entertainment executives in the industry. His collectors include Mariah Carey, Charlie Sheen, Kurt Russell, Steve Young, Larry King, and Blake Lively, to name a few.