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Property from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated "Noah Davis 2010" on the reverse

During his brief, meaningful career, Noah Davis created enigmatic, dreamlike figurative paintings that captured the beauty, anxiety, and strangeness of Black life in the United States. Stylistically omnivorous, Davis drew inspiration from disparate sources including family albums, trashy television, and the art of Marlene Dumas, Kerry James Marshall, Mark Rothko, and Luc Tuymans. His paintings embrace nostalgia and sentiment, the grotesque and the disturbing. The artist used casual, gestural brushwork and moody color palettes to depict scenes from everyday life and from more surreal, uncanny realms. Before his untimely death at 32, Davis exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Naples, Miami, Portland, and beyond. In 2012, he co-founded the Black-centered Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Today, Davis’s work can be found in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Rubell Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. His work has sold for six figures at auction.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary CollectionHammer Museum
2016
Young Blood: Noah Davis, Kahlil Joseph, The Underground MuseumFrye Art Museum
2013
Noah Davis: The Missing LinkRoberts Projects
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Bust 3, 2010

Oil on canvas
36 × 36 in
91.4 × 91.4 cm
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P
Phillips

Property from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated "Noah Davis 2010" on the reverse

During his brief, meaningful career, Noah Davis created enigmatic, dreamlike figurative paintings that captured the beauty, anxiety, and strangeness of Black life in the United States. Stylistically omnivorous, Davis drew inspiration from disparate sources including family albums, trashy television, and the art of Marlene Dumas, Kerry James Marshall, Mark Rothko, and Luc Tuymans. His paintings embrace nostalgia and sentiment, the grotesque and the disturbing. The artist used casual, gestural brushwork and moody color palettes to depict scenes from everyday life and from more surreal, uncanny realms. Before his untimely death at 32, Davis exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Naples, Miami, Portland, and beyond. In 2012, he co-founded the Black-centered Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Today, Davis’s work can be found in the collections of the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Rubell Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. His work has sold for six figures at auction.

Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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