In his third show at 111 Minna Gallery, Mike Davis offers new whimsical paintings that appear as a continuation of the Northern Renaissance while blending in notes of the artist’s own time period. “Crooked as a Dog’s Hind Leg” kicks off on Jan. 10 and runs through Feb. 29 at the space. Davis was last featured on our site here.
Mike Davis has become well known for his brand of modern Surrealism with one foot in the past. Featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 36 and here on our blog, Davis’ works echo the style of the Northern Renaissance combined with his own personal symbolism; a blend of fantastical imagery, detailed landscapes, and illustrations of religious concepts and fairytale narratives. He uses obscure images of demons, half-human animals, Humpty Dumpty, and machines that evoke feelings of bliss, fear and even confusion.
Last Saturday, Henry Lewis and Mike Davis debuted their two-person show at San Francisco’s Varnish Fine Art. Exploring personal themes in their work through historical references, the two artists took different approaches to creating allegories in their new work. While Lewis explored mythology and mysticism with an expressive, loose painting style, Davis opted for a tightly-controlled approach. Filled with myriads of precise details, Davis’ paintings were presented in wooden frames that echoed their antiquated feel. Meanwhile, Lewis’ works — some of them vertically towering over the viewers — merged allusions to classical mythology with elements of graffiti and abstraction. Take a look at our opening night photos after the jump and stop by the show before it closes on April 13.
This Saturday, March 2, Varnish Fine Art in San Francisco will open a two-person show by Mike Davis and Henry Lewis. Both inspired by the art of the Baroque and the Middle Ages, the artists narrate personal struggles and life experiences in their work. While Davis’ approach to surrealism echoes the style of the Northern Renaissance, Lewis imbues antiquated imagery with an expressive style that incorporates elements of graffiti and abstraction. Take a look at some images from the show courtesy of Varnish Fine Art after the jump and check out the exhibition March 2-April 13.
Recently opened at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, California,‘Oil & Water’ is a two-person exhibition featuring new works by artistsPaul Chatem and Mike Davis. Focusing on the past, the works explore the toneand turbulence of different times in history, including acts such as EminentDomain and bloody medieval skirmishes. While Chatem’s kinetic paintings portraya style rooted in folk art, Davis’ elaborate works take a more realistic approach,creating an intriguing juxtaposition of styles. View more of the works afterthe jump.
Mike Davis‘ artwork is a culmination of a mastery of mediums, all learned over the course of decades. From humble beginnings as a set designer to world renown as a tattoo artist and more recently as an exhibiting fine artist, Davis repertoire across many fields undoubtedly serve as much of his appeal. Much as Davis can utilize multiple mediums to create a greater product, so too can magic happen if mediums are combined in just the right way.
We’ve featured the photography of PureBred Productions on the site before (here), however, their recent portrait of Davis (seen above) so perfectly captures the artist’s style (essence even) that we simply had to delve further into their work and process. Join Hi-Fructose contributing photog Shaun Roberts as he gets a behind the scenes look at the Mike Davis photoshoot.