Moving towards representation, A MIRROR, A WINDOW, A POOL features new paintings by Mel Davis. Traditional subject matter, such as landscapes and still life create points of reference showing particular consideration for and preservation of space inside the span of the canvas.
Mel Davis is a Berkeley, California-based visual artist. Though the artist’s relationship with Galleri Urbane extends back many years, this will be her first show in the Dallas space. Davis rejects the notion of communicating objectives or ideologies within her work, wholly devoted to the making of paintings not trapped by concepts or styles that impede more fluid process. Instead, the artist prefers to riff on one theme among many different styles. Traditional subject matter, such as landscapes and still life create points of reference within a body of work showing particular consideration for and preservation of space inside the span of the canvas.
For this body of work, Davis’ paintings have moved toward representation and away from abstraction, drawing influence from Max Beckmann’s and Cezanne’s still lives, as well as the sketches of Matisse and Rembrandt. The artist has, in the past, employed drawing within the paintings in the classic sense of planning composition, but here, in the new work, Davis allows some elements of drawing to remain in the finished painting. Deferring to the sentiments of artist Alex Katz, Davis explains, "I am interested in seeing if I can paint the same thing differently instead of different things the same."
Davis grew up in Montréal, graduated from Concordia University in 1998, then moved to the Bay Area to complete her Masters in Fine Art at the San Francisco Art Institute (2005). She is part of numerous private and public collections and is the recent recipient (2016) of The Pollack Krasner Award, The Canada Council For The Arts Grant and the Irene Pijoan Memorial Award for Painting.