Originally inspired by a black and white Jackson Pollock on the back cover of a Reader’s Digest in 1997,
I begin painting on clay pots in 1998. I soon found my way to canvases, plywood, wainscoting boards.
As a musician, I’ve always enjoyed the artistic change of pace that painting offers. Music is performed as a function of time; once played, it cannot be changed. A painting can be changed as much as desired with little regard to time. It is a performance you see all at once and continues to perform even when the artist is not present.
I begin with a line or a blob of color, using only primary colors amd black-and-white. Every brushstroke is a reaction to a previous brush stroke. Each painting has evolved along the path of trial and error, until I get a certain sense that the work is complete. I strive for a finished, nonrepresentational work that can transfix, that pulls the viewer in for a second or third look each time revealing new things
Close examination of most of these paintings reveal the lines, bumps, and ridges of previous forms. These layers, along with the translucency of thinly applied acrylic paint, can contribute to a sense of depth and three dimensionality.
I feel there is a certain magic found in inspired improvisational art and music, and hope you can find a little magic in these paintings.
- Jeff Davis