Header Image: Countdown, 2019. Oil, color pencil, Flashe, rhinestones, acrylic, collage and glitter on canvas stretched over panel.
Artist Devon Shimoyama is inspired by his life and classical myth. Within his works, many of which are self-portraits, he turns the Black queer body into a sensual, ethereal being, whose existence is desired by all. While his composition is inspired by the classics, his use of contemporary materials and colors brings a new dimension into the conceived plane.
Shimoyama is conscious of the politics of being Black and queer. As a Black queer man himself, he is aware of the struggles the community faces, but he also knows that there is still much to celebrate. The figures in his paintings are often dressed to the nines, and sparkles in the figurative and literal sense. But there is a melancholy to them as well, one that comes from the subtle posing or crying figures contrasting within a bright, busy environment.
View more of Devon Shimoyama’s works on his Instagram.