DeVary, born in 1942 in Houston, is an American Postwar and Contemporary painter whose works incorporate symbols of the American West to convey universal emotions and themes.
He surrounds his contemporary cowboys and cowgirls with silver, gold or copper metallic leaf to capture the values of the West with interest, beauty and a feeling of well-being.
Early Life and Education
David Devary is an American painter and sculptor renowned for his “Cowboys and Cowgirls with Attitude” series. Combining modern technology, traditional craftsmanship, and plenty of imagination, Devary creates works sure to delight fans of all things Western.
His love of the American West is evident in his artwork, but more importantly his dedication to civil rights and human decency are equally apparent. He was one of the founding members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and served as director of the Southern Legislative Conference. Throughout his lifetime, he witnessed numerous historic events such as the kidnapping of three civil rights workers by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi – just one example why this man of honor has been dubbed “unofficial poster boy of the South”.
David has over three decades of experience representing companies and individuals in complex civil, criminal investigations and regulatory enforcement actions. Additionally, he assists clients with congressional and Inspector General investigations as well as national security matters.
He is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group as well as co-chairing its National Security Practice Group. He provides representation to clients in all aspects of government investigations, such as prosecutions for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), U.S. export control laws and economic sanctions laws as well as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
He has extensive experience prosecuting terrorism, export control and other national security offenses as well as conducting professional misconduct and ethics investigations of Members of Congress. Additionally, he served as Chief of DOJ’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES). His work encompassed a range of federal crimes such as theft of trade secrets, nuclear energy espionage cyber intrusions by nation states or their agents, and unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
Achievements and Honors
Devary is an avid art collector and has built up an impressive collection of original paintings, prints and sculptures by some of America’s renowned artists. His works can be found in numerous prestigious collections such as the Forbes Collection in New York; British Petroleum Inc. in New York; and Culligan Water in Chicago, IL.
DeVary is one of the founding fathers of Goldenstein Gallery and his artwork has been showcased at major museums nationwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and Dallas Museum of Art in Texas. DeVary’s accomplishments range from being one of the first artists to utilize fiber optics technology for painting on canvas that were then digitally reproduced and assembled into large artworks; to using gold leaf in his pieces – an innovation unique only to him.
David Devary is an acclaimed artist whose artworks can be found in galleries throughout America, such as New York and Paris.
He is renowned for his contemporary western cowboy and cowgirl signature-style paintings. He embellishes these images with gold, silver and copper leaf to create a romanticized icon reminiscent of the icon painters of old.
Devary is a prominent civil rights activist. In 1964, three young civil rights workers were abducted and murdered while registering African-Americans to vote in Mississippi; their bodies were discovered two months later. This incident is widely believed to be an act of terrorism carried out by White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.