JAY DAVENPORT

American B. 1972

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

B. 1972; currently lives in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

 

Jason Davenport is a contemporary realist painter that specializes in exacting and witty trompe l’oeil. With a keen interest in fine art and the encouragement of his grandfather, Davenport received private art lessons as a child. After achieving an Associates Degree in Painting and Illustration, he pursued academic training through an apprenticeship at The Wachulius Studio; through this particular experience, he honed his expertise in trompe l’oeil and began to develop his signature droll style.

 

Davenport’s paintings are painstakingly detailed and the telling minutiae might be missed upon first glance. Cleverly toying with the viewer, his compositions are conundrums in themselves: photo-enhanced image versus direct observation; real versus imaginary; loving portraiture versus mocking documentation. A recurring theme in Davenport’s work is the personification of animals, which provides a commentary on how modern civilization has humanized domesticated beasts and wildlife to a humorous, but almost absurd, level. It begs the question: who do we treat better, our adored pets or ourselves?

 

Currently, Jay Davenport is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, NM, Scottsdale, AZ, Fort Worth, TX and Orleans, MA and provides private instruction at Stillwater Studio. His work has been shown from coast to coast, and he has received many awards, including The Bosque Conservatory Silver Medal.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Education

2001-2005   The Waichulis Studio- Representational Atelier, Naticoke, Pennsylvania

1996-1999   Luzerne County Community College- Associates Degree of Painting/Illustration, Naticoke, Pennsylvania

1995-1996   The Art Hatchery with Judith Hatcher- Private Instruction, Bear Creek, Pennsylvania

1993           Illustrator Joe Smudon Private Instruction, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1991-1993  Nancy Cathoner- Private Instruction, Hazelton, Pennsylvania

 

Exhibitions

2010

Miller Gallery, Cinncinati, OH, Anniversary Show

Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, Through the Painter's Eye Show

Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Between Realities Show

 

2009

Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, Small Works Show

Misericordia, Dallas, PA, TWS Alumni Show

Scottsdale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, Small Works Show

Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Trompe l' oeil Invitational

Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, Texas, Fall Invitational

 

2008

Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Small Works Show

Galerie Kornye West, Fall Show, Fort Worth, Texas

Galerie Kornye West, Solo Show, Fort Worth, Texas

 

2007

Galerie Kornye West, Fall Show, Fort Worth, Texas

Bendann Gallery, Spring Show, Baltimore, Maryland

Galerie Kornye West, Spring Show, Fort Worth, Texas

 

2006

Bendann Gallery, Anniversary Show, Baltimore, Maryland

Galerie Kornye West, Fall Show, Fort Worth, Texas

Bendann Gallery, Spring Show, Baltimore, Maryland

Andreva Gallery, Realism Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico

John Pence Gallery, Anthony Waichulis and Company, San Francisco, California

 

2005

MacDonald Art Gallery, The Waichulis Study ‘Capturing Realism’  Dallas, PA

The Bosque Conservatory, Clifton, Texas

Wyoming Valley Art League, Group Exhibit, Kingston, Pennsylvania

Hazleton Art League, Group Exhibit, Hazleton, Pennsylvania

 

2004

Andreva Gallery, Juried Group Exhibit, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Under the Stairs Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Wyoming Valley Art League, Group Exhibit, Kingston, Pennsylvania

 

2002

Wyoming Valley Art League, Group Exhibit, Kingston, Pennsylvania

The Hoyt Invitational Exhibit, Kingston, Pennsylvania

 

1999

Luzerne County Community College, Student Exhibit, Naticoke, Pennsylvania

Luzerne County Community College, Student Exhibit, Naticoke, Pennsylvania

 

Publications and Awards

2010

American Art Collector Magazine (Feb.)

2009

American Art Collector Magazine (Nov.)

Southwest Art Magazine (Oct.)

Artist Magazine National Finalist

F.A.S.O. National Finalist

2008

Artist Magazine; Finalist- Animal catorgory

2007

Stroke’s of Genius: Instructional Book, North Light Book Company

2006

American Artist’s Drawing Magazine, ‘2005 Competition Winners’

Artist’s Magazine, ‘The Future of Realism: 20 under 40’, March, 2006

Artist’s Magazine, Finalist- Still Life and Animal

2005

American Artist’s Drawing Magazine, Magazine Competition Finalist

Bosque Conservatory, Silver Medal; Group Exhibit

Artist’s Magazine, Honorable Mention- Still Life

Hazleton Art League, Theodore R. Laputka Memorial Award; Group Exhibit

Art Renewal Center Second Annual Salon Competition, Drawing Exhibit

2004

Wyoming Valley Art League, First Place- Drawing; Group Exhibit

 

Affiliation and Galleries:

2006

International Guild of Realism

 

Instruction

2008 - Present  Private Instructions Stillwater Studio

2008  Instructed Workshop Palmerton Gallery, Palmerton, PA