Guest Post: A Resting Place- John Davis

John Davis is a ridiculously talented painter who is in his senior year at MassArt. Funny enough, he recently co-hosted a gallery showing with Helen Brechlin, another ALSO THAT Guest Artist.

Check out his website here: John Davis Fine Art

From the infinite amount of color possibilities to the ability it has to act as a sculptural material, paint, as a medium intrigues me. Through painting, I explore these possibilities and am always looking for new ways to realize its sculptural potential and to alter the color palette to address the mood of the paintings. While experimenting with the building up and layering of this pigmented paste I re-­‐ present my subjects and give them a chance to be reintroduced.

My handling of the paint often becomes more significant than the subject matter. I view my paintings as many abstract moments that are assembled into representational images. The neutral areas of color act as a resting place allowing the more saturated hues to distort the reality of the space.

Whether I am painting an interior that few people are intimately familiar with or a single object that most viewers could easily recognize, my intention is to alter the ways that viewers both experience and perceive these mundane subjects, to distort the line between perception and reality.
— JD