Monday, November 9, 2009

Studio Visit: Christopher Davison

While visiting Philadelphia a few weeks ago, KCLOG stopped by artist Christopher Davison's studio for a visit. His work reveals a deep personal narrative that he explores through drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Give a Talkin', 2009
flashe, ink wash, cut paper, gouache, Micron pen on Rives BFK, 15" x 20"

New paintings and etching plates in progress

Recent works on paper

Davison's work space was arranged with recent ink wash drawings, paintings in progress, and a fresh set of etching plates. There were old photographs pinned to the wall alongside some of the works that are used not so much as a direct visual reference, but more to evoke a certain feeling and sense of place. The surface of the works utilize the immediate, venerable state of the materials, while offering a physically worked quality that reveals itself through various combination of cuts, marks, collage and washes.

Gallipolis, 2008
flashe, ink wash, cut paper, Micron pen, gouache, Pitt pen Rives BFK, 20" x 20"

Polliwog, 2009
flashe, cut paper, Micron pen, ink wash on Rives BFK, 15" x 20"

While his etchings retain a more precise, linear quality to them, his collection of handmade books offer a raucous encyclopedia of possible colors, styles and subject matter.

Flat files

Handmade artist books


Summer Book, Pages 17-18, 2007
gouache, cut paper, Pitt pen, ink wash, 11" x 20"

July Drawings #01, 2006
ink wash, colored pencil, Pitt pen, graphite on Rives Heavyweight, 8" x 10"

Treasure Drawings #04, 2007
gouache, india ink, colored pencil, cut paper on Rives BFK, 10" x 14"

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