Robert Davis, ‘The Hessian’, 2014, Robert Fontaine Gallery
Robert Davis, ‘The Hessian’, 2014, Robert Fontaine Gallery
Robert Davis, ‘The Hessian’, 2014, Robert Fontaine Gallery

​Davis was born in Virginia in 1970. He received his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught for 10 years and he is also a recipient of the 2004 and 2007 Chicago Artadia Grant awards.

Since his first solo show in New York last September at Half Gallery, Robert Davis has had solo exhibitions at Retrospective Gallery (Hudson, NY) and Bill Brady KC (Kansas City, MO). Other solo exhibitions were held at Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He was featured among Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor in George Nakashima: in conversation at Untitled Gallery earlier this spring, and has been in group exhibitions at Dodge Gallery in New York and the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.
Davis currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Signature: Hand signed on reverse

About Robert Davis

Rob Davis’s abstract, textural paintings incorporate addictive substances such as wine, cigarette ash, and coffee, gesturing toward experiences of the real world. In earlier work he collaborated with Michael Langlois to produce classically informed paintings and mixed-media installations, through which the two explored such fraught topics as desire, identity, martyrdom, and politics. By working, in their words, as a “tag team,” they challenged the model of the individual artist as progenitor of his own work. Together they scoured analog and digital sources for images that they translated into photorealistic and surrealistic paintings. These became part of immersive environments, within which Davis and Langlois challenged viewers to consider the connections between disparate images and new perspectives on historical and contemporary events they reveal.

American, b. 1970, based in New York, New York

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Luce at NADA New York 2014