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Es Devlin

About this Artist

ES DEVLIN (Designer) is an artist and stage designer. She is known for creating large-scale performative sculptures and environments that fuse music, language, and light. Devlin has conceived touring stage sculptures for Beyoncé, U2, Adele, The Weeknd, and Kanye West, as well as two decades of design for opera, drama, and dance worldwide. She is supported by a small team of talented designers at Studio Es Devlin who help develop and execute the design work as well as supporting Es’ expanding practice as a solo exhibiting artist. 

Her fluorescent-red Fifth Lion roared AI-generated collective poetry to crowds in London’s Trafalgar Square in September 2018. The 2016 MIRRORMAZE in Peckham, London, and ROOM 2022 at Miami Art Basel 2017 both explored reflective labyrinthine geometries and narratives. In 2018, she collaborated with theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli on an interpretation of The Order of Time recited by Benedict Cumberbatch. 

Her practice was the subject of the Netflix documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design, and she has been named artistic director of the 2020 London Design Biennale. Devlin has been awarded the London Design Medal, three Olivier Awards, and a UAL fellowship. She has been named RSA Royal Designer for Industry and was made OBE in 2015. 

Studio Es Devlin is designing the U.K. pavilion at the World Expo 2020. The Poem Pavilion will continue Devlin’s work in AI-generated collective poetry first conceived with Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Serpentine Gallery in London.