Contemporary realist and figurative painter, Margaret Davis, lives and works in New Orleans where she recently opened and co-directs IBIS, Contemporary Art Gallery. She is an Emeritus Professor from Eastern Michigan University, where she taught Painting and Drawing for 25 years. Margaret was born in Perrysburg, Ohio. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Boston University, College for the Arts and her MFA in Painting from The University of Michigan. One and Two-Person exhibitions include: Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI (forthcoming 2022), The Duderstadt Center Gallery at The University of Michigan; The Kreft Gallery at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI; Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Art School, Bangalore, India: Rosewood Arts Center in Kettering, Ohio: 20 North Gallery, Toledo, Ohio; Detroit Street Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Daughtrey Gallery at Hillsdale College, and River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan.
My most recent artwork focuses on adolescences from a variety of environments and cultures. The paintings are a visual response to numerous cultural concerns of today’s teens; be it record levels of anxiety, school safety, street safety, or those affected by the upward swing in migration, teen refugees. The teens are portrayed among life preservers, emergency blankets, sandbags and road barriers. The combination of the imagery contends with how we as individuals, cultures and political entities help or hinder teens as they form their adult personas. The paintings are predominantly oil renderings on poured resin with additional mixed media and installations.