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Curtis Davis 2018 Acrylic Painting on Canvas "Flower"

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Curtis Davis (American; 20th/21st century)
Flower, 2018
Acrylic on canvas
Signed to verso
Titled, dated, and inscribed to stretcher bar verso

From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.

An acrylic painting on canvas titled Flower by Cincinnati-based artist Curtis Davis (20th/21st century), created in 2018. This work features a vibrant portrayal of an abstract flower rendered in the artist’s expressive trademark style with large gestural brushstrokes, thick outlined shapes, and splotches of layered pigment. Signed to the canvas verso, the work is titled, dated, and inscribed to the stretcher bar verso. It remains unframed.

Curtis Davis dismisses unnecessary embellishments, abstracting subjects to the simplest of shapes. The resulting composition locks shapes into architecture of form, glued together with layer upon layer of paint. His impulse to make art results in an abundance of new paintings and drawings produced daily in the studio. Many times a new daily batch of paintings requires that he paint over the previous day’s finished work. This process results in stunning pieces that are immediate and visceral: thick layers of paint conceal the history of painting underneath. By reworking each painting, Davis builds up an impasto whose edges reveal the collective history of the piece. In his compositions, layered edges embody immense amounts of visual tension that is then released across the expansive surface of broad opaque shapes.

“Everything. I want them to see everything.” –Curtis Davis


- minor wear along edges of canvas.


16.0" W x 20.0" H x 0.75" D

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