William Davis

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William Davis

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12 artworks

American

Born 1952

http://williamrdavis.net

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Hudson River Reflections

2014

Oil on panel

12.7 x 17.8 cms | 5 x 7 ins

Late Day Fishermen

2016

Oil on panel

20.3 x 25.4 cms | 8 x 10 ins

HD

Windswept Beach Cape Cod

2016

Oil on panel

20.3 x 25.4 cms | 8 x 10 ins

HD

Becalmed off Tarpaulin Cove

oil/canvas

38.1 x 76.2 cms | 15 x 30 ins

HD

Coming out of the Fog

oil/canvas

61 x 91.4 cms | 24 x 36 ins

HD

Help With the Mooring

Oil

20.3 x 25.4 cms | 8 x 10 ins

HD

January Morning

oil/panel

30.5 x 40.6 cms | 12 x 16 ins

HD

Light Snow over the Marsh

oil/panel

20.3 x 40.6 cms | 8 x 16 ins

HD

Passing Showers

oil/panel

30.5 x 40.6 cms | 12 x 16 ins

HD

Safe Anchor, South West Harbor, ME

oil

61 x 91.4 cms | 24 x 36 ins

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William Davis grew up in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He is a self-taught artist whose oil paintings typically capture the serene light of sunrise or sunset on the water. He employs many of the techniques traditionally used by American luminosity painters to realize his personal vision, showing a marked preference for 19th century subjects.

In 1987, Davis made history with the first one artist show ever mounted at the prestigious Mystic Maritime Gallery in Mystic, Connecticut.  All twenty of the works featured in that show were sold at the opening reception. In 1990 he received the Mystic Maritime Gallery Award of Excellence and his painting entitled "Calm Day off Latimer's Reef" appeared on the cover of Mystic's The Art of the Sea Calendar in 1993.   Three of his paintings were also used in Shipwrecks Around Boston by noted Cape Cod author, William P. Quinn. Rockport Publishers has included Boston Harbor at Sunset in a new book entitled, A Gallery of Marine Art. He has also been included in the latest edition of E.H.H. Archibald's authoritative volume on Marine Art from the Flemish masters to the present.

Much of Davis' early works pays homage to 19th century artists such as James Bard, Martin Johnson Heade, Antonio Jacobsen and Fitz Hugh Lane.  He limits himself to about 30 colors in the palette of that period. He describes his style as "A conglomerate of a number of ideas I saw in other artists with my own refinements". Over the years, he has incorporated his fascinations for the different techniques of these artists. This may be best explained in the works of painter, William Merritt Chase, prominently displayed in his studio, "The most original painters are those who have stolen here a little and there a little from everyone. When they arrive a the levels of the masters, they will find they can do so much better work themselves that they can't help being original".

Davis has shifted in the last few years to painting more landscapes on location. In the process, he has converted to plein air painting, partly influenced by his friendship with artists Joseph McGurl and Donald Demers. During 1998 the three friends painted together in various locations all over New England. The result of their efforts was a show entitled The New American Luminists Revisit the Native Landscape held at Tree's Place in Orleans, Massachusetts.

 

Hammer Galleries, Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery, John Pence Gallery, Guild of Boston Artists, Quidley & Company, Tree's Place, Collins Galleries, Christina Gallery, Helena Fox Gallery, Marine Arts Gallery, American Masters Show 2016, 2017 and coming 2018 Salmagundi Club, Smithsonian, DC