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Release Date Wednesday, September 27, 2017

“Painting in the Dark” the Art of Jan DeVore Featured in Apex Gallery

These two works of art by Jan DeVore  are samples of the work current on display at the Apex Gallery.

RAPID CITY, SD (Sept. 27, 2017) – The Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology features the work of Jan Hall, aka. Jan DeVore in a new exhibit open to public from now until Oct. 27, 2017. The gallery will host an opening reception and informal gathering from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 29.

DeVore’s title, “Painting in the Dark” was realized too late for the official exhibition title. This show was originally called, “Paintings Past and Present.”  But, this one small change is a revelation which explains much about this artist. Her primary concern is to paint. Analyzing her own work, and assigning a title, or explaining her process is all secondary.

The inherent beauty and rich textures of her work are evident, even when viewed digitally on a small computer screen.  In real life, these paintings are large and expansive, exquisitely rich with layering, texture and subtle color. 

Black Hills artist, Tom Thorson has this to say about DeVore’s work, “I’ve seen a couple of paintings through their progress, she layers and layers and layers her paint to get to her finished surface and color.  One painting had the most gorgeous Pierre Bonnard palette that I couldn’t stop ogling,” says Thorson. “The next time it was unrecognizable as the same painting. It had become mostly grays. Jan insisted she needs that specific under-painting to get what she had in her final painting.  The rest is, I suppose, self-evident in that it’s about surface, and the play between the absolute flat and the teasing tension toward illusionary space.”

The Apex Gallery is open to the public on the campus of SD Mines.  The gallery features a new exhibition every four to six weeks. 



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