Noah Davis

American, 1983–2015

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Noah Davis

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American, 1983–2015

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Creating psychological figurative paintings based on vintage photographs, art historical references, and his vivid imagination, Noah Davis explores the sadness and uncertainty of everyday life and African American history. Recalling work by Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, and Neo Rauch, Davis’s paintings are nostalgic and sentimental yet, at the same time, grotesque and disturbing. They combine casual, gestural brushwork with surrealist or uncanny imagery, such as a masked girl sitting on a bed, a child being spanked, or two hunters carving up an elephant. In 2010 Davis created a series of large-scale paintings based on Richard Brautigan's 1968 novella, In Watermelon Sugar, about a post-apocalyptic commune. “Painting does something to your soul that nothing else can,” Davis explains. “It’s visceral and immediate and is always readdressed in new ways that keep it relevant.”

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
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Biography

Creating psychological figurative paintings based on vintage photographs, art historical references, and his vivid imagination, Noah Davis explores the sadness and uncertainty of everyday life and African American history. Recalling work by Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, and Neo Rauch, Davis’s paintings are nostalgic and sentimental yet, at the same time, grotesque and disturbing. They combine casual, gestural brushwork with surrealist or uncanny imagery, such as a masked girl sitting on a bed, a child being spanked, or two hunters carving up an elephant. In 2010 Davis created a series of large-scale paintings based on Richard Brautigan's 1968 novella, In Watermelon Sugar, about a post-apocalyptic commune. “Painting does something to your soul that nothing else can,” Davis explains. “It’s visceral and immediate and is always readdressed in new ways that keep it relevant.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Art in America
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