Etherton Gallery celebrates the career of Arizona painter James G. Davis in a retrospective exhibition, Down at the Tower Bar, which features paintings and prints made over four decades, shown with new paintings by Turner G. Davis in the Axial Gallery and featuring Michael Chittock in the In-House pop-up. Down at the Tower Bar opens with a reception: 7-10pm, Saturday, September 9, 2017.
James G. Davis is best known for large-scale oil paintings and meticulously crafted prints that demonstrate his ability to fuse the familiar, mundane experiences of home with his life as a citizen of the world. Davis was an influential member of Rancho Linda Vista, an artist community in Oracle, Arizona and taught at the School of Art at the University of Arizona from 1970-1991. His work enjoyed broad appeal from collectors and institutions in the United States and Europe, and he produced a substantial body of work before passing away in 2016.
A larger than life figure, James G. Davis challenged the academic conventions of painting while drawing on and updating them in his work. Monumental canvases previously reserved for grand narratives, became stages in which ordinary human dramas played out in domestic interiors, motels, bars and museums. Tower Bar comprises a constellation of narratives in a single painting that tells the stories of the bar’s workers and patrons. Davis heightens the drama with blocks of dark red paint forcing an emotional response from the viewer. The painting is a social critique, and demonstrates the artist’s compassion for the characters he encountered as well as his ability to universalize his experiences for the viewer. Operating in uncharted territory, somewhere between John Steinbeck and Charles Bukowski, Davis forged his own path as a visual poet with a keen sensitivity to social relationships.
For more information about James G. Davis: Down at the Tower Bar or the artists, James G. Davis, Turner G. Davis, or Michael Chittock, please contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at (520) 624-7370 or firstname.lastname@example.org