Artist's Statement ::
My work is driven by a desire for unmediated vision, a continuum between the human spirit, ideas, and the inanimate matter of the art processes. I paint as a Modernist, assigning symbolic interpretations to the emotive, automatistic imagery I create. I enjoy creating imaginative, fanciful, curvilinear motifs inspired by nature and the human figure that take on an ethereal, dreamlike quality. I use color to convey emotional content. My art expresses what I canít express in any other way. Creating is my synapse, connecting my spirit with the past, present and future, empowering me to give thought and soul to matter that becomes art.
For the past few years I have working on a series of two dozen paintings based on classical mythology. The ď MillennimythsĒ paintings were a tribute to the timeless morality of ancient spirit and imagination. My current series of work is more diverse in content and style but still very focused on conditions of the imposed human spirit. The subject matter is usually derived from personal experiences and relationships, and especially how imagination influences memories of these encounters.
Born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, and now a resident of Paxinos, Chet Davis maintains a private studio in his Central Pennsylvania home.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in art education in 1973, and received his Masterís of Arts degree from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in 1980.
Chetís paintings and drawings have won international, national, and regional recognition. He just recently exhibited in an American/Dutch invitational at the Van Gilst Gallery in Holland.
Closer to home, his recent one man exhibitions include Bloomsburg University's Haas Gallery(2005), Lock Haven University's Sloan Art Center Gallery(2004), The Northumberland County Career and Arts Center Gallery(2003), and the Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts(2000). Davis has had solo exhibitions at the Rose Lehman Center Gallery of Harrisburg Area Community College, Chambers Gallery at Penn State University, and the Markle Gallery of the Hazleton Art League.
Paintings by Chet have twice been exhibited at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and his list of invitationals include exhibits at the William Ris Gallery of Camp Hill, the Erie Museum of Art, Indiana Universityís Kipp Gallery, Bloomsburg Universityís Haas Gallery, the Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, and the Northumberland County Council for the Arts.
He has won numerous honors, including awards from the Hazleton Art League, the Art Association of Harrisburg, the Susquehanna Art Society, the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County and the Lewisburg Arts Council. Chet is a listed artist in the Artistsí Bluebook 2003 and AskArt.com.
Chetís work hangs in public and private collections across the country and in Sweden, Holland, and England. His art can be found in collections of the Hazleton Art League, the Hoagannes Corporation, Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, and the William Ris Gallery.
He currently teaches art for Alvernia College and Luzerne County Community College; and serves as Director for the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center Fine Art Gallery.
Selected Exhibitions: ::
2002: Bradley Academy for the Visual Arts
2002: Rose Lehman Center Gallery of Harrisburg Area Community College
2002: Chambers Gallery at Penn State University
2002: Markle Gallery of the Hazleton Art League
Selected Awards: ::
Awards from the Hazleton Art League, the Art Association of Harrisburg, the Susquehanna Art Society, and the Allied Artists of Schuylkill County.