Each of Joe Davis’ paintings excites the eye with a distinctive liveliness. His bright color palette gives his compositions a fantastical warmth and playfulness. Joe explores the ways that an overhead perspective can render everyday scenes into marvelous abstraction. Kites, sails, and umbrellas become super simplified forms that seem to almost dissolve into the scene, elevating each canvas with glamor and sophistication. These abstracted forms evade minute details in a way that resembles the joys of reminiscing. His paintings have a lighthearted mood that fondly recall happy days spent at the beach.
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About The Artist
In 1995 I stopped painting for a decade and worked in commercial art only taking up the brush again in 2008. Some might be a bit confused by my various styles and subjects. I migrate between abstract and the representational sometimes combining both and while some of my work is deliberately happy and tries to capture a sense of ‘Joie de Vive’ I also do work that is quite dark and other pieces that are neither (such as my Cargo ships series). I suppose one thing that unites all my work is a strong graphic sense and the presence always of drawing.
Bachelor of Arts, 1973