The paintings and works on paper by Tucson artist James G. Davis (1938-2016) are personal narratives that rely on autobiography for their inspiration. Dark and mysterious, Davis’s works are imbued with an inexplicable sense of impending doom, yet wryly humorous in their conveyance of familial drama. The intentional uneasiness in his interior scenes derives from his claustrophobic spaces, while the tension in his figurative works set in nature are apparent in the juxtaposition of the figure to land or sea. Davis was a long-time resident of the Rancho Linda Vista artist community in Oracle, Arizona. This exhibition will present some of his iconic paintings and graphics spanning four decades.
This exhibition is organized by the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block and curated by Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American Art. The exhibition will be on view in the Kay Cauthorn/Berger-Hanft Gallery.
Generous support of the 2017–2018 Exhibition Season at the Tucson Museum of Art is provided by the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, James J. and Louise R. Glasser, Anne Y. Snodgrass, BMO Private Bank, and AC Hotel Tucson.