GCAC 2015 “Members & Friends”

Parish Church

This oil entitled “Parish Church” was
accepted into the show.

2015 “Works by Larry J. Davis” at Sandburg Community College

Sandburg invitation      A thanks to Prof. Lisa Walker for ushering in the 2015 gallery season by featuring this show of my paintings. Among those in attendance at the opening reception were the Executive Director of the Galesburg Civic Art Center, Tuesday Çetin and her husband Savas Çetin.

Tuesday & Savas Cetin

My wife Jacquie and son Devin were also there for the reception.   Sandburg CC exhibition

Oct. 2014 – Iowa Hall Gallery – Kirkwood Community College

Rust on Rose Earthscape         Country Store

Here are 2 of the 9 works purchased by the college during this exbibition in October of 2014. I am more than a little tardy in using this venue to thank both Greta Songe and Arbe Baresis from the Kirkwood art faculty for making this wonderful experience possible.

The Canson Excellence in Arts Award

Canson award              Abstract Seated Figure

The oil on canvas, Abstract Seated Figure, has been chosen for the Canson Excellence in Arts Award at the 79th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition on display until August 15 at the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York.

Watercolor USA 2014

LJD at Watercolor USA 2014

 

On June 6, Larry and Jacquie Davis attended the reception for Watercolor USA 2014, at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Larry’s  painting Abstract Presence  was one of 59 selected from the 549 works submitted. This national competition has been held since 1964.  Earlier Abstract Presence had also won an award at last year’s Illinois State Fair.

Stewart and Davis Exhibition at River Arts Center, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton natives set to showcase art at center

Clinton natives set to showcase art at center

LJD with Carrie Donaire, Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau. Carrie is the daughter of friend and fellow high school classmate, Steven Mayer and his wife Kit.

LJD with Carrie Donaire, Clinton’s Director, Convention & Visitors Bureau. Both Carrie and Larry are former Student Body Presidents of Clinton High School, only one is much older if not wiser. You can guess who is the older one.

Carrie is the daughter of friend and fellow high school classmate, Steven Mayer and his wife Kit.

 

(transcribed from the Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa, March 8, 2014)

AN ABSTRACT LOOK
Clinton natives set to showcase art at center .

BY SAMANTHA PIDDE
Herald Staff Writer

CLINTON —— For Artists Debora Stewart, of Clinton, and Larry Davis, of Knoxville, I11., abstract paintings are their preferred medium for showing the world around them.  “I can draw very realistically,” Debora said. “I just don’t want to.”
Growing up in Clinton, Debora used to sit with her mother at the diningroom table and draw. Throughout the years,she drew a lot of portraits, especially the Beatles when she was young. Eventually, she became fascinated with abstract art and was drawn to the style.
Debora still lives in Clinton with her husband, Doug. Until recently, she worked as a ‘counselor and art teacher in the Camanche school system. Her
art can be viewed at www.deboralstewart.com
Just like Debora, Larry grew up in Clinton with a love and talent for art. Before moving away from Clinton to Florida in 1985, he taught art at
Clinton High School and Clinton Community College. Larry and his wife, Jacquelyn, also ran a gallery and frame shop in Clinton at one time. ‘
“It’s fun to come back to Clinton after all these years,” Larry said. His art can be viewed at www.larryjdavis.com.
Larry and Debora’s work will hang together at the River Arts Center, 229 Fifth Ave. South, until April 27. A reception for the two artists will be
held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. The two friends are excited to be in a show together.
Both artists said people seem to think abstract art is easier than it really is. Larry said that “breaking up that eternal rectangle” can be difficult.
While he has spent much of his career realistically representing objects, such as an apple, he has found he enjoys an abstract take on it much more.
“It’s equally fun to explore just the colors, textures, shapes that all organic things share,” Davis said.
Both agree that some planning does go into their works, even if those plans may change. Larry considers exactly what .colors to use and how they are affected by other colors placed by them. He will often use opposite or complementary colors in his work to make them pop.
“Sometimes a good piece is the result of 10 pieces before it that didn’t work very well,” Debora said.  She often bases her work on real objects or
vacations she has taken. Some of her pieces are even influenced by previous work. “I think even the things that I drew realistically at one time, some of those
same lines and shapes come through in
abstract,” Debora said.

 

LJDavis paintings More exhibition shots 2 artists-2 old friendsLJD pics web

(Photographs courtesy of Patricia Bird patriciabirdphotography.com)

2013 Illinois State Fair Award

An acrylic and charcoal work entitled Abstract Presence has been given second prize for Drawing and Graphics in the Professional Art Exhibits of the recently completed 2013 Illinois State Fair.

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

Acrylic and charcoal on paper

Galex 47 National Juried Competition & Exhibition

This shot of the artist in front of “Nike #3” was taken at the March 16 opening reception for Galex 47, the 2013 National Juried Competition & Exhibition on display at the Galesburg Civic Art Center until April 7. The work was purchased the night of the reception for a new commercial development in Galesburg. A link to coverage of the exhibition can be found here: http://www.galesburg.com/news/x766880575/GALEX-47-features-local-artists-opens-with-reception-on-Saturday?photo=0

 

 

Galex 47 invitation.

Davis Studio has moved location

As of November 2012, Davis Studios has moved to a new home in Knoxville, Illinois. With my retirement from teaching in 2010 and after 26 rewarding years in Jacksonville, Florida, the time seemed right to explore a new location. Being closer to family and familiar regions in the Midwest were strong incentives, along with the chance to enjoy the full range of seasons. We look forward to maintaining the treasured friendships and connections in Jacksonville’s arts community, while exploring exciting new opportunities here in the heartland.

“Notes & Strokes”

From May 27-29, as part of this year’s Jacksonville Jazz festival, Southlight Gallery hosted “Notes & Strokes, which paired gallery artists with various musicians. This shot taken by Jacksonville artist Jamie Childers shows Larry Jon Davis doing an ink wash drawing of the ensemble Mark Williams & Bluedog. The resulting works by Southlight Gallery participants will be on display for bidding through the following week.