Ink and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 50cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 19.7" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 0.04" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Prints, lines, stains - like a random arrangement, but built with great control and consistency. Eva Davis has developed her own, separate formal approach to drawing, and has also found a fascinating spectrum of problems that she remains faithful to in her work. The artist can bring out the extraordinary dimension from ordinary things, show drama and tragedy. The raw beauty of the world she describes fascinates with its uniqueness. By default, characters, morphically modified figures, humanoids. Expressive work in a unique technique - it combines monochrome painting with drawing. In the drawings, the rhythm of the work is subordinated to the rhythm of nature. Created by Eva Davis characters take, somewhat by law, mimicry, a form of surrounding, not always friendly nature. Hardness and roughness emanates from them. They resemble gnarled, wind-twisted and dried trees.
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Based in: Brisbane
Australian, descendent of Irish emigrants, she grew up in a well off environment in Brisbane near Noosa Beach, a perfect surfing spot. Her father, a third generation lawyer, liked the ocean and jazz. Every Sunday afternoon he was playing saxophone with a few friends. His daughter listened to them with her eyes closed. Images, colors and forms would emerge in her brain. She did not know, nor could she realize then, that this was a rare quality, that she was a synesthetic, she was “seeing” sounds.
Eva did not want to study law like her family would want her to. She travelled extensively for two years living for several months in largest megalopolis of the world. During this time her interests oscillated around electronic experimental music and she realized that she could make use of the unique way of perceiving music by painting the images her brain was generating.
And so, after returning to Brisbane, she studied painting and theory of music. She surfs often on the beach of Noosa, where she learned not only how to manage the board, but how to be inspired by the music of waves.
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