Gene Davis

(1920 - 1985)

About The Artist


Gene Davis had already had careers as a sportswriter and a White House correspondent before becoming an artist at the age of 29. The painter, who was a leading member of the Washington Color School along with Kenneth Noland and Morris Louis, had no formal art education—a factor he himself felt contributed to his unfettered artistic exploration.

Davis is best known for his “stripe” paintings, a theme initially inspired by Barnett Newman, but one which Davis made wholly his own, and inexhaustibly so; for all his years as a painter, he would he explore this theme persistently, never tiring of the infinite combinations of colors and patterns that were possible within its so-called confines. Davis would also explore scale. In 1967 he came out with a series of “micro-paintings”—some of which were no more than a square inch—and in 1972 he created a monumental stripe painting directly on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Beginning in 1966, Davis taught for many years at the Corcoran School of Art. His work can be found in the permanent collections of some of the country’s most preeminent art institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, MoMA, and The Whitney.

“Gene Davis.” Hollis Taggart Galleries. Hollis Taggart Galleries, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2016. “Gene Davis.” Ameringer McEnery Yohe. Ameringer McEnery Yohe, n.d. Web. 27 apr. 2016.

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