Selected works by Jay Davis

Jay Davis
I Thought You Seperated

2005

acrylic/vinyl

213 x 173 cm
I Thought You Separated and We're Going Home took shape simultaneously within Jay Davis' studio. The two works share the same lush, romantic finish attained through the exacting application of more than 50 coats of acrylic paint. As companion paintings, they also share a near-identical subject matter, laid down in opposing directions on each canvas with the use of a delicate hand-drawn stencil. Such is the subtlety, mystery even, of its layered surface that a complete grasp of the works' visual content initially eludes the viewer; only in time, and in a variety of different lights, does it teasingly reveal itself.

A large, rounded form, set behind some young bamboo saplings in the darker of the two works, dominates the painting's lower section. It seems to be some sort of root or flowerpot, the source of life from which a mass of gorgeous black and blueish leaves lick upwards like flames. Above them, barely discernible, sits an ethereal crown of foliage. In the sister image, the lighter of the two, the same bulbous form looks like a face; lower down, the clusters of black leaves left and right resemble hands, while the inverted crown beneath becomes an image of the plant-creature reflected in a glass table.
Jay Davis
We're Going Home

2005

acrylic/vinyl

213 x 173 cm

Jay Davis's Biography

1975
Born in Charleston, South Carolina

Lives and works in New York


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2005
Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Collages, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

2004
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

2003
Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2002
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

2001
Stefan Stux Gallery, New York

2000
Stefan Stux Gallery, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2005
Terra Non Firma, Howard House Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

2004
Stop and Store, Luxe Gallery, New York

Stay Inside, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

2003
Prague Biennale 1: Peripheries Become the Center, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic.

Pyramid Scheme, Schopf Gallery on Lake, Chicago, Illinois.

2002
20th Anniversary Celebration: Stefan Stux Gallery, New Gallery, Houston, Texas.

The Dubrow Biennial, Kagan Martos Gallery, New York
Jay Davis, Inka Essenhigh, Christian Schumann, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas.

New York in Texas, New Gallery, Houston, Texas.

I-Beam, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York

Painting as Paradox, Artists Space, New York

Everyone Knows This is Nowhere, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, Florida.

2001
Superimposition, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York

SuperNature, Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas.

Summer Show 2001, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

Boxy, Dee/Glasoe Gallery, New York

Wattage & Friendship, Muller/De Chiara Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

View Five: Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, New York

2000
Here and Everywhere: Ruminations on Place, Farrell/Pollack Fine Art (Bingo Hall), Brooklyn, New York.

Collectors' Choice, Exit Art, New York

Neutopia, Audiello Fine Art, New York

Landscape My Ass, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1998
Wrong Place, Right Time, Double Pleasure, New York