‘Kehinde’, 2018 is featured in MEN OF CHANGE with the Smithsonian. First stop is at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati! So grateful to have visited for the opening reception to see such an important institution, and so fitting for this exhibition to kick off there. This show will travel for the next three years so please check it out at one of its stops! ✨
‘Augustine’ from 2017 I think? Scrolling through images of work and I forgot about this beard ✨🖤
Throwback to this painting ‘Weed Picker’ 2018 and a topless photo of me for @gayletter from the feature "Figuratively Speaking" in GAYLETTER issue 10. Devan Shimoyama’s paintings shouldn’t be read as merely portraits of gay black men. He sees himself as a painter of many things, alchemizing various themes that populate his world: the black matriarchs in his life, but also drag culture, the female pop diva and literature. Using denim, rhinestones and big costume jewelry, his figurative work offers relatable scenes - relatable especially if you’re black, queer, femme or gay. @devanshimoyama photographed by @gioncarlovalentine for #gayletterissue10 Text by @_christewart #gayletter #gaylettermagazine
Sneak peek of Mighty Mighty: The Barbershop Project with @cultural_dc mobile art gallery in Washington DC! Community kickoff is this Saturday, May 4th from 12-3. Providing food, music, fun and FREE haircuts to the community 🥳✨💇🏾♂️💇🏽♀️
The Barbershop Project entitled ‘Mighty Mighty’ with @cultural_dc in their mobile art gallery opens to the public this Saturday, May 4th from 12-3pm offering free haircuts! This project took my previous body of work surrounding the black barbershop to life with a full immersive installation like walking into one of my paintings. In collaboration with @kellygorsuch and @calebwoodardfurniture So excited to share this with the public so soon!
Thank you to all who took the time to check out my solo exhibition Shh... at @debuckgallery !! For those of you who missed it, there’s a virtual tour of the exhibition at the link in my bio, just scroll down to see it. ✨✨
#repost from @wardellmilan2 Very honored to have a seat at the table. @tmagazine Around America’s Dinner Table For a story in T’s Culture issue, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon invited 25 American (or working-in-America) guests to a series of imaginary dinner parties. We asked them to contemplate the country now, and in the future. On a snowy morning in early February, the designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, of Kenzo and Opening Ceremony, were conjuring up a dinner party of sorts. For T’s 2019 Culture issue, themed around America in 2024, they had invited 25 American (or working-in-America) artists, writers, actors, chefs and others to join them, over the course of two days, at a studio on the Far West Side of Manhattan for an imagined feast that would be the subject of a series of photo shoots. The images, creative directed by Lim and Leon, appear in the magazine alongside Mona Mansour’s original play “Leave the Car,” which they helped inspire. clockwise from left: WARDELL MILAN, visual artist. JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY, playwright. JERICHO BROWN, poet. SIENNA FEKETE, radio and multimedia producer. LYNN NOTTAGE, playwright. DEVAN SHIMOYAMA, artist. LADIN AWAD, multidisciplinary artist and producer
2nd opening in two weeks, feeling blessed and so grateful to work with such great people guiding me towards dreams bigger than I imagined. Thank you for coming to see We Named Her Gladys at @kavigupta_ in Chicago! I’ll be back ✨ I like to match my work at openings if you haven’t noticed 👙🌷🛍💘
Hey Chicago! This painting along with a few sculptures and other new works of mine will be featured in my upcoming solo exhibition entitled ‘We Named Her Gladys’ with @kavigupta_ gallery! Opening reception is tomorrow, March 23rd from 4-7pm! Come say hi if you’re around 🙋🏾♂️✨✨
For our final program for #WarholCryBaby , I couldn’t have asked for a better group! Catalogue contributors @j.a.beck @rckylrnts @fagalho and @emilycolucci in dialogue with me about my work, their writing and our relationships over the years. I’m so eternally grateful to these legends for being a part of this beautiful catalogue and a part of my life. 🌟 Cry, Baby comes to a close this Sunday so if you’re in Pittsburgh go get a final look!💧👁💧photos by Sean Carroll
Shh... , my second solo show with @debuckgallery opens tonight at 6pm at their new location 505 W 27th St. in Chelsea right under the highline! Come say hi! I’ll be really sparkly ✨✨✨
‘Baskets Yet to be Woven’, 84”x64”, 2019, will be on view in my upcoming solo exhibition entitled Shh... opening @debuckgallery this Thursday, March 7th! Come see her, me and other new works at the opening reception Thursday evening starting at 6pm at their new location: 505 W 27th Street, New York, NY 10001 ✨
Happy V Day Y’all, get weird n frisky if you want to 😛💕 throwback to a painting from 2014 while in grad school 🧞♂️’Secret Handshake’, 96”x70”, oil and spray paint on canvas
‘Evening Reader’, 84”x72”, 2019 will be featured in my upcoming solo exhibition entitled ‘Shh...’at @debuckgallery opening March 7th! C u soon ✨✨
Got to sit for @doronlangberg the other week and run my mouth the whole time and he still managed to make this killer painting of me 🥳✨🙋🏾♂️
2018 was an incredible year for me, so thankful for all the beautiful people in my life! Love you!! Also I got a lot of work to do in the front end of 2019, so if you see me around looking insane, just like...throw vitamins at me or something. 🥳🥳
‘Keep it Goin’, 48”x36”, 2018 title comes from my own personal mantra as well as the title of the song by Cakes da Killa on repeat as I finished this one ✨✨
‘Black Gentleman’, 84x72”, 2018 features Rickey Laurentiis’ book entitled ‘Boy With Thorn’. Get into it! This painting is on view through Sunday at @untitledartfair with @debuckgallery . Today I’ll be doing a live podcast from 3:30-4:30 at the fair that can be listened to at www.wynwoodradio.com and I’ll be doing a book signing for the catalogue of my solo exhibition at the @thewarholmuseum ‘Cry, Baby’ from 5-6!! Come by booth B15 to say hi and get your copy 😁
Hi, I’m 29 today. Also really wondering where I can go get some updated photos like this these days. Laser backgrounds, maybe some stars? Anyways I’m so grateful to be alive and have a body that is doing what it’s supposed to do and I have friends and family that love me! 28 was the best, I’m ready to close out the chapter of my 20s with a bang ✨✨✨
Hi it’s my best friend’s birthday, she’s a Scorpio and she makes amazing paintings so make sure to shower her with compliments and love 🍬💕 @haley.josephs
Hey everybody please go vote tomorrow! Also, here’s a painting i made 🌚🌟‘CTRL II’, 2018, 68”x48” is a nighttime variation of ‘CTRL’ from 2017. Can be seen at @thewarholmuseum #warholCryBaby
Hiii, I’ll be giving a talk at @vap_pafa in Philadelphia tomorrow, October 31st! 👻Swipe right to get the details! This painting is entitled “Water Damage” 2018, 64”x48”, and can be seen in person at the @thewarholmuseum in Pittsburgh through March 17th!
Feeling extremely blessed and grateful for having had such an incredible opening night for Cry, Baby at the Warhol Museum. Here’s a compilation of photos by @hiseancarroll where you can see me and my partner in crime Jessica gesturing with our hands a lot. 💕🙋🏾♂️✌🏾👍🏾 go see the exhibition and visit me while you’re at it if you live out of town! On view through March 17th, 2019. #warholCryBaby #devanshimoyama
Today’s the day!! Cry, Baby opens at the Warhol Museum. ✨✨🙋🏾♂️ #warholCryBaby ‘Sit Still’, 2018, 84”x72”, oil, color pencil, collage, glitter, feathers, sequins, acrylic and Flashe on linen
I’ll be taking over the Warhol Museum’s Instagram through Saturday leading up to the opening of Cry, Baby! #Repost @thewarholmuseum with @get_repost ・・・ Hi, it’s Devan taking over for a few days! Today I wanted to share some of my sculptural work which I don’t often get to share. The first image is entitled ‘For Tamir (III)’ which is a swing adorned with silk flowers, rhinestones, jewelry, etc. dedicated to Tamir Rice. The second image is an example of an urban memorial I encountered on the street, which heavily influences my sculptures. #warholCryBaby opens October 13th!
Hi London, this painting is up at Frieze with @kavigupta_ so check it out if you’re there! Weedpicker, 84”x72”, 2018
Last day of #expochicago so go check out this painting with @kavigupta_ in booth 121! ‘Potted’, 84x72”, 2018
Hiii, if you’re going to be in Chicago for EXPO, come say hi to some new paintings by me and new works by @rashaadnewsome showing at booth 462 with @debuckgallery September 27-30th!! This is ‘Toto Getting Ready’ 2018, 48”x36”, a portrait of Miami drag sensation @themisstoto GET INTO HER IF YOU AREN’T ALREADY
‘Michael’, 64”x48”, 2018 can be seen as a lil sneak preview in #carnegiemagazine along with some glamour shots of me in studio getting ready for my upcoming solo exhibition at @thewarholmuseum curated by @j.a.beck !! Opens October 13th!
When is it gonna stop raining?
Hi, Holland Cotter wrote this great article in the @nytimes and mentions my upcoming show at the @thewarholmuseum as well as some fellow friends/colleagues/faves of mine’s upcoming shows: @jeffrune at the Mississippi museum of art (Sept 8), @tschabalalaself at the Hammer Museum (Feb 2), and @ninachanel at the California African American Museum (Sept 23) Thank you Holland for featuring my work!