Artist:Brian Davis Title The Rose Trio Suite Edition: "Rose in the Shadows" Edition: Limited Edition S/N to 195 Image size: 20" x 20" About the Art : “Initially, I liked the 20x20 format,” Davis says, “and what that size suggests for an image. Different shaped canvases call for different works. Once I painted the first piece, ‘French Lace Aglow’, the idea of doing two more struck. They're like portraits of different members of the ‘Rose’ family.” These stunning new portraits reveal the secret lives of flowers you only thought you knew.
Davis has received much recognition for his intimate floral works, in a style reminiscent of Georgia O’Keefe. Davis’ hallmark is his keen, masterful use of light and shadow. Each work displays the singular uniqueness of each flower – because, like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. The portraits reveal deep complexities within each bloom that, to most people, are previously unknown and undiscovered. “The flower is the stage and the light is the dancer,” he has been known to say. Davis’ work can be found in permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New York Botanical Museum, and the Huntington Library Museum.
ALWAYS THE ARTIST
Before he begins his artistic journey on canvas, Brian combs the fields and gardens near his Los Angeles home for a flower or scene that catches his eye. He carries a camera everywhere so he can shoot a subject at any moment. Since flowers wilt so quickly, and it can take weeks to complete a painting, he has found a way to create a floral image from a series of different shots for each flower. He may not do an exact botanical rendering and he changes colors and leaves at will.
Brian believes that the depth in his art is derived from paying attention to the subtle shifts in value — relative dark and light. He is often asked if there is a light source behind his paintings. “The light is the real subject of my work. The flower is the state, the light is the dancer.” Using two hanging mirrors to view the unfinished painting at all angles, Brian works daily in his studio surrounded by books, music, and historical videos.
COMMUNICATING WITH EMOTION
Brian is a true artist with vast understanding and knowledge of art. “My art, like all art, is at its core a form of communication that is not easily translated into words — good art transcends words.” It is his hope that viewers look at his works and respond, for then they are hearing his voice, understanding his concept of what is worth creating. His paintings are a fascinating group of images that allow the viewer to feel and recognize the nature of light — the essence of a Brian Davis painting.
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