12" x 15" each
(b. 1965 – Cleveland, OH) Drawing from past experiences of grief and trauma, Davis’s work is at once immediately emotional and unhurriedly reflective. He states, “I am an African-American. But my work is a spiritual thing. It meets everybody. It’s an energy. I have to ignite the energy force. I don’t do it from the standpoint of being angry. I do it from the standpoint of healing.” This ambitious aim is achieved with an equally ambitious array of mediums—charcoal, wood block prints, watercolor, and graphite make up collages teaming with energy and content that demands interaction.
In SOS, Blackface, the artist presents nine identity totems—figurative ghosts—each a portrait for healing, a portal for transcendence, and a calling for progress.
Davis received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Clinic, and the Progressive Art Collection, and has been exhibited by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Cleveland State University, and the William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH. Davis works on the security team at the Cleveland Museum of Art.