Devlin Shea artists’ book launch and conversation with Roger Malbert




Devlin Shea’s Getting Closer is the fifth Annotations project for Outset Study. Shea develops the commission with the production of Broken News, a limited edition Risograph print book of recent drawings.

Shea’s conversation with curator and writer Roger Malbert will delve into the sources of her rich imagery, her combination of micro and macro scale, and her methodology of collaging and layering images.

‘Drawings are places where I work through impressions, images, emotional experiences and visual intensities.’

For more information on the Annotation 5, please see here.

Devlin Shea lives and works in London. She gained an MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2016) and a BFA, Painting and Video, Alfred University, Alfred, New York (1998). Select solo exhibitions include Third Eye, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (2017); Contours of a migration, So lon, Sauða rkro kur, Iceland (2013); and Googled Emotional Connections, Carina Bjö rck Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Block 336, London (2017 – 2018); These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff (2017); Hands On, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong (2017); and On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China (2016).

Roger Malbert is a writer and curator who was until 2018 Head of Hayward Touring at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London. He has organised many exhibitions, including HAND DRAWN ACTION PACKED, currently showing in Wolverhampton and touring to Glasgow and Swansea. He is author of ‘Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art’, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015, and has written for The Art Newspaper, Modern Painters and Times Literary Supplement.  

Annotations is a series of artist commissions for Drawing Room’s Outset Study. Including 6 artists over a 3-year period, each artist undertakes a period of supported residency, researching the library collection to create a work for Outset Study – using the wall, the space, or intervening within the library collection itself.

Annotations Outset Study Commissions are supported by Veronique Parke and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.