Born December 21, 1961, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"I express myself most naturally through sculpture. As I work, I am not forced to think about what words to use or what you might think about me. I allow myself to communicate with form, material, color…texture. Simplicity, tension, death, life. Sculpture provides me the opening I need to further connect."
When John McDevitt finished graduate school, he went to work as a package designer for companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Foods, accumulating numerous patents and helping them develop products. 23 years elapsed before he was ready for a career change and decided to become a professional artist.
Once McDevitt dedicated himself full-time to sculpture, his earliest works took the form of folk art wood carving. From there, he began to explore other mediums, including stone, steel, and bronze, steel being his current material of choice. One of McDevitt’s primary goals as a sculptor is to express himself and connect with others in a non-linguistic manner. He also intends his art to be interactive, encouraging viewers to “touch, spin, and pick up” his work. For McDevitt, art should be both visually and tactilely engaging, appealing to more than simply one’s sense of sight. McDevitt identifies three major sources of inspiration for his art - contemporary world events, aikido (a Japanese form of self-defense in which he is well-practiced), and stories of human struggle.
John McDevitt has exhibited at a wide range of local venues, including the Grounds for Sculpture Member Exhibition in Hamilton, NJ, the New Hope Annual National Juried Sculpture show in New Hope, PA, and the Annual Phillips' Mill Art Exhibition in Solebury, PA.