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James G. Davis (1931-2016)
Down at the Tower Bar, a Retrospective

with Turner G. Davis 
Pop-Up: Michael Chittock

Dates: September 5 – November 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Sat, September 9, 2017, 7-10 pm
Location: Etherton Gallery
135 S. Sixth Avenue
Gallery Hours: 11 - 5 Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment
Contact: Daphne Srinivasan, 520-624-7370, info@ethertongallery.com

Etherton Gallery celebrates the career of Arizona painter James G. Davis in a retrospective exhibition, Down at the Tower Bar, which features paintings and prints made over four decades, shown with new paintings by Turner G. Davis in the Axial Gallery and featuring Michael Chittock in the In-House pop-up. Down at the Tower Bar opens with a reception:  7-10pm, Saturday, September 9, 2017.

James G. Davis is best known for large-scale oil paintings and meticulously crafted prints that demonstrate his ability to fuse the familiar, mundane experiences of home with his life as a citizen of the world. Davis was an influential member of Rancho Linda Vista, an artist community in Oracle, Arizona and taught at the School of Art at the University of Arizona from 1970-1991. His work enjoyed broad appeal from collectors and institutions in the United States and Europe, and he produced a substantial body of work before passing away in 2016.

A larger than life figure, James G. Davis challenged the academic conventions of painting while drawing on and updating them in his work. Monumental canvases previously reserved for grand narratives, became stages in which ordinary human dramas played out in domestic interiors, motels, bars and museums. Tower Bar comprises a constellation of narratives in a single painting that tells the stories of the bar’s workers and patrons. Davis heightens the drama with blocks of dark red paint forcing an emotional response from the viewer. The painting is a social critique, and demonstrates the artist’s compassion for the characters he encountered as well as his ability to universalize his experiences for the viewer. Operating in uncharted territory, somewhere between John Steinbeck and Charles Bukowski, Davis forged his own path as a visual poet with a keen sensitivity to social relationships.

For more information about James G. Davis: Down at the Tower Bar or the artists, James G. Davis, Turner G. Davis, or Michael Chittock, please contact Daphne Srinivasan or Hannah Glasston at (520) 624-7370 or info@ethertongallery.com

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James G. Davis

James G. Davis was born in 1931 in Springfield, Missouri and dropped out of high school, taking odd jobs to pay his way. Despite his lack of formal secondary education, he obtained a BFA and in MFA from Wichita State University. Following graduation he began a life-long odyssey, traveling frequently to Mexico, Spain, Greece, and Germany and visiting many other corners of the world. From 1970 – 1991, he taught at the University to Arizona, alongside colleagues Bailey Doogan and Bruce McGrew. Davis was a long-time resident of Rancho Linda Vista, the well-known artist community for artists, writers and designers in Oracle, Arizona. He exhibited all over the United States and Europe, particularly Berlin where he kept a studio. Davis’s paintings are included in the permanent exhibitions of public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Gallery, the Berlinische Galerie, the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art and many other public and private collections. James G. Davis passed away in 2016 due to complications from pneumonia.

Turner G. Davis

Turner G. Davis grew up at Rancho Linda Vista, an artist community in Oracle, Arizona.  He has a BFA in painting from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  From 1996 to 2015 he served as the Director of Riva Yares Gallery in Scottsdale. He also taught and pursued a career as an artist. Davis has published two books: Josephine – The Girl Who Lives on the Moon (Inkwell Productions, 2013) and Kintsukouri (Inkwell Publications, 2014). In 2007, he was the consulting artist for the film Jolene. He has lectured at the Wichita Art Museum, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Davis has exhibited all over Arizona, including a one-man exhibition at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Turner G. Davis: Fantastic Worlds in 2008. Currently, Davis and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona where he is Adjunct Faculty at Phoenix College and Arizona State University.

Etherton Gallery
A destination for photography collectors since 1981, Etherton Gallery is known for its extensive inventory of classic and contemporary photography and works by emerging photographers expanding the medium in compelling ways. The gallery’s exhibitions consistently highlight the most important figures in the history of the medium. Etherton also exhibits top local and regional artists working in a variety of media, and regularly presents free exhibition programs that address related local and national issues. Etherton Gallery is a long-standing member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and participates in fine art photography fairs including the AIPAD Photography Show, New York, Classic Photographs LA, and Paris Photo. Terry Etherton is an accredited member of the American Society of Appraisers and is available for appraisals, absentee bidding and collections consultation.


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