biography of Gene DAVIS (1920-1985)

Birth place: Washington, DC

Addresses: Washington, DC

Profession: Painter

Studied: Maryland Univ; Wilson Teachers Col.

Exhibited: Corcoran Gal., 1965 (bronze medal), 1967; Corcoran Gallery solos in 1964 and 1968; WMAA, 1967-69, 1973; SFMA, 1968 (with Robert Irwin & Richard Smith), Jewish Mus, NY, 1968 (solo); Univ Utah Art Mus, Salt Lake City, 1972 (solo). Awards: Nat Council Arts grant, 1967.

Work: MoMA; MMA; WMAA; Guggenheim Mus.; PMA; SFMA; CGA; NMAA; NGA, Wash., DC; Des Moines (IA) Art Ctr.; Tate Gallery, London, Engl. Commissions: Mural, South Mall Proj, NY State Capitol Bldg, Albany, 1969; mural, Neiman-Marcus, Bal Harbour, FL, 1970; official poster, comn by List Found, Lincoln Ctr Concert Series, NY.

Comments: Associated with the Washington Color Painters, produced his first edge-to-edge vertical stripe painting in 1958. Teaching: Corcoran Gallery Sch Art, 1967-68, 1970-on; Am Univ, 1968-70; artist-in-residence, Skidmore Col, summer 1969; artist-in-residence, Univ Va, spring 1972. Author: "Statement by the Artist," Art Now, 2/1970; "Random Thoughts on Art, Studio Intl, 11/1970.

Sources: WW73; Baigell, Dictionary; Gene Baro, "Preoccupation with Colour," Studio Intl (Nov 1967); Donald Wall, "The Micro-Paintings of Gene Davis," Artforum (Dec 1968); Barbara Rose, "Conversation with Gene Davis," Artforum (Mar, 1971).