Jack Davis: Carpet Design Series - Recent Paintings and Drawings

March 13–April 10, 1988
Beaver College Art Gallery


The Beaver College Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Jack Davis on Sunday, March 13 through April 10, 1988 at the Spruance Art Center, Easton and Church Roads. The show will open on March 13 with a reception from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the gallery.

Entitled "The Carpet Series," the show will feature several large-scale works by Davis, professor and chairperson of the Fine Arts Department at Beaver College. Davis will discuss his work during a lecture in the gallery on Wednesday, March 16, 1988 at the 4:00 PM.

"In these large-scale works, landscape and figures are intertwined in a dream-like and mythic setting developed out of his recent concerns with biblical and literary references," said Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "His bold, gestural technique and dramatic color, combined with these figurative elements, reflect his background in abstract expresiionism coupled with a design to explore a sensual, evocative subject matter which grows out of the painting process."

A native of California, Davis, of Melrose Park, has been a professor of art and the chairperson of the Fine Arts Department at Beaver since 1969. Before joining Beaver College, he served as Assistant Dean and Professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He also served as chairperson of the art department at Hood College, Maryland and at the San Francisco Institute of Art.

As a distinguished artist, Davis has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe in numerous one-person and group shows and his work has been widely seen in galleries, museums, and universities including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Galerie Mai, Paris; McClear Gallery, Philadelphia; San Francisco Museum of Art; the Corcoran Museum of Art, and the Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham.

In 1964, Davis was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant for study in India and a Senior Research Fulbright Grant in art to India where he was associated with the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. During his stay, he painted while at the University, delivered lectures on contemporary art and traveled throughout the country.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with honors in art, Davis also studied in Paris for two years at the Ferdnand Lege Studio and then traveled abroad in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and England. He returned to the University of California where he received his masters degree in art. He is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art.