Larry Davis

Larry J. Davis

"Color matters, and after 60 years of making art, the element of color is still at the top of my priority list. A given color can either energize or subdue the color next to it, so playing with this potential is what my work tries to accomplish."

Over the six-plus decades that Larry Jon Davis has pursued his artistic career, his stylistic path has undergone a steady progression from realism to abstraction. While the landscape, figurative, and still life origins of his current work are still evident, his overriding interest now centers more on complex color and design relationships rather than on detailed narrative rendering.

Davis is quick to credit the introduction of cold wax techniques into his traditional oil work for important changes to his finished paintings. Working now increasingly on cradled panels, his paint surface has become more richly textural, with expanded reliance on scraping to expose underlying layers of color.

Larry Jon Davis completed his BA in art at the University of Iowa, and he did subsequent graduate work there before finishing his Master's Degree certification at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. Travel to Canada, Western Europe, and the UK, in addition to a group artist exchange to Japan helped mold his aesthetic outlook. The decades as a professor of art also honed his own artistic talents.

Rural Geometry
Oil Painting

$ 700
Hilltop Barn
Oil Painting

$ 700
Hillside Figure
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
Badlands Sunset
Oil Painting

$ 3,600
Kyoto Figure II
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Color Matters - Larry J. Davis Abstractions, WCI Arts Center, Macomb, IL, 2017
Abstracted Paintings by Larry J. Davis, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL, 2017
Inspired by Nature: Dwight Crane & L.J.Davis, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL, 2016
Galex National Juried Exhibition-1st place $1000 Blick Purchase Award, 2016, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, 2013-2017
Parallel Views-Works by L.J.Davis and Debora Stewart, Quad Cities Arts, Rock Island, IL, 2015
79th Annual National Exhibition-Canson Excellence in Arts Award, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY, 2014
Watercolor USA 2014, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO, 2014
Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA, 1994
Cummer Museum-Arts Connections, Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL, 2004
Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Hall, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2014