“Beauty in the mundane is a theme of much of my art. I use the beauty and clarity of a well structured painting to give a feeling of importance, rightness, to the often mundane objects I paint. Through precision of detail and, more importantly, relationship of values, I give a tangible, almost tactile look to the objects in my work. I want my paintings give the viewer a very real sense of contemplating reality itself.
My desire is to capture the essence of things, in a moment of time. Through prolonged contemplation time slows, objects seem to speak. I am more interested in the stories things tell me than in the stories I might tell. I see myself as a translator, more than a story teller,” Richard Thomas Davis.
Born in Middletown, New York in 1947, Richard Davis attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1965-1966. His work resides in numerous public and private collections throughout North America, and he has had many solo and group exhibits. Richard Davis was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011 and currently lives and works on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.