WILLIAM R. DAVIS

American B. 1952


BIOGRAPHY

 

B. 1952 in Somerville, Massachusetts; currently lives in Harwich, MA

 

William R. Davis is a preeminent contemporary marine artist in the United States. He has spent the majority of his life on Cape Cod and is primarily a self-taught artist. Intrigued and inspired by art history, Davis poured over maritime paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries and developed technical skills while slowly achieving his own artistic style. Early on, Davis’s marine paintings focused on scenes and imagery of coastal New England and were very connected to his early American influences, especially Luminists Martin Johnson Heade, Fitz Hugh Lane, James Bard and Antonio Jacobsen. Desiring further challenges artistically and through the influence of fellow painters Don Demers and Joseph McGurl, he began to work en plein air with wonderful results. Davis is also attracted to the seductive and luminous nature of sunrise and sunset, painting them masterfully and passionately; hence, they tend to develop into his most dramatic and striking works.

 

Davis is represented by galleries on Cape Cod and Nantucket, his paintings hang in esteemed private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. He was part of the traveling exhibition Sea to Shining Sea and most recently The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings. Davis has been included in several books devoted to maritime art, and a multitude of articles and critical essays have been written about his work.

 

 


CURRICULUM VITAE

 

Memberships:

Artist Member of The Copley Society of Boston

Fellow Member of the American Society of Marine Artists

The Guild of Boston Artists

Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art  Acquisition Committee

St. Botolph Club

 

Awards:

1989 Award of Excellence – Mystic Maritime Gallery International Show

1991 Second Place – Copley Society

1999 Award of Excellence – Mystic Maritime Gallery International Show

 

Exhibitions:

 

2016

American Masters, Salmungund Club, NY, NY

Davis, Demers & McGurl - Spirit and Matter: Contemporary American Landscape Painting, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

Celebrating 20 years with William R. Davis & Lloyd Kelly, Christina Gallery, Martha's Vineyard

 

2015

Mid August Exhibition, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

 

2014

Dusk Til Dawn, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

 

2012

The Landscape, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

 

2010-2011

The Subject is Light: The Henry and Sharon Martin Collection of Contemporary Realist Paintings: Cape Museum of Art August- November, 2010

Lyman Allyn Museum March 18 - August 21, 2011

Small Works, Collins Galleries, Orleans, MA

 

2009

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL  " Maritime Exhibition"  February 16

 

2008

American Society of Marine Artists, "30th Anniversary Exhibition"

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL  " Group Maritime Show"  February

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Observations in Nature"  July

St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA  "Members Exhibit" August-September

Mystic Seaport Gallery, Mystic, CT  "International Show"  September

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA "Small Works Holiday Exhibition"  November

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT.  "Modern Marine Masters"  April 26

 

2007

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL  "On the Water"  February 15

Quidley & Company Gallery, Nantucket, MA  "One Man Show" July 13-26

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery,Mystic, CT   " Modern Marine Masters"  April 28

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Where We are in America: From Sea to Shining Sea"  July 5

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Twilight and Reverie"  August 4

The Guild of Boston Artists, Boston, MA   "New Member Show"  November

Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA  "From Sea to Shining Sea"  May 26- July 15

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA "Of Children and Childhood"

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Small Works Holiday Exhibition"  Nov. 24

 

2006

Copley Society, Boston, Ma "Patrons Choice Show"

Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH " Visions in Granite"  show catalog cover, March

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL   "One Man Show"  Feb.

Mystic Seaport Gallery  "Invitational Show"  (Guest Speaker)  March

Mystic Seaport Gallery  "International Marine and Art Exhibition"  September 30

The Bank s Gallery, Portsmouth, NH  "Isles of Shoals"  July

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "One Man Show" July 29th

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Small Wonders Holiday Exhibition"  November 24

St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA  "One Man Show"   Feb.

 

2005

Hammer gallery, New York "gallery  contemporary artists selected works" 1/12-2/28

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT   "26th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition" Sept. 24

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA   "Marine and Coastal Art"   July 30

Christina Gallery, Edgartown, MA  "Two Man Show"  July 26

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL   "Marine Exhibit"  February

American Yacht Club,   NY       Group Show

Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA  "Group Show"  June 25

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Small Wonders Holiday Exhibitions"  November 25

 

2004

Hammer gallery, New York "gallery  contemporary artists selected works" 1/12-2/28

The Admiralty Gallery , Vero Beach, FL  "Along the Indian River" 2/09

Vose Gallery, Boston MA  " Realism Now: Traditions & Departures - Mentors & Protégés"  5/15-7/17

The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA "From Sea To Shining Sea: A Reflection of America " 5/09 - 7/03

The Cahoon museum of american art, cotuit, ma "twilight and starlight" 2/03 - 3/20

the mystic gallery at mystic seaport, "modern marine masters" 04/24-6/06

christina gallery, edgartown, ma      one man show  "Marine Paintings of New England" July 22

tree's place, orleans, ma "Marine & coastal art"  7/24-29

national conference on representational painting, Brewster, MA,  (panelist) 08/27 & 28

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Small Works Holiday Exhibition"  November 26

2003

The Admiralty Gallery, Vero Beach, FL "Indian River & Marine Paintings"  Two Man Show  2/20

Tree's Place gallery, orleans, ma "The New American Luminists"   3rd Show 8/30-9/11

The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, International marine exhibition 10/4-11/30

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans MA  "Small Works Holiday Exhibition"  November 29

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT   "Summer Exhibition"  (cover of show card)  June 14

Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT  "24th Modern Marine Masters Exhibition" May 3

The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA  "Twilight and Starlight"   Feb. 3

The Copley  Society, Boston, MA   "Patrons Choice"   Feb. 27

2002

Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave" 2/1-3/9,

John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, "Luminous Landscapes" 2/15-3/16

St Botolph Club, Boston, MA  "Romance of the Sea"

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Marine and Coastal Art"  August 31

Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT   "23th Modern Marine Masters  Exhibition"  April 27

St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA  "Romance of the Sea"    April 10

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT   "23rd Annual International Marine Art Exhibition"  Sept. 21

2001

The Copley Society, Boston, MA  "Patron's Choice" exhibition 3/22-04/14

Christina Gallery, Edgartown, MA 7/19, (Two Man Show)

Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA   8/4-8/11,

Tree's Place 9/2-9/16

The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA 10/21-12/30.( Group Show)

The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA   "Winter Wonderland, Snow Scenes of New England"  Nov. 13

2000

John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA  "Scapes, Air, City, Land, Sea"  July 1

John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA    "William Davis, Donald Demers & Joseph McGurl Paint Northern California"

Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA  "The New American Luminists, 2nd show"

 

1999

Mystic Maritime Gallery, 20th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition

1998 Tree’s Place "The New American Luminists Revisit the Native Landscape

Sharon Arts Center, New Hampshire, "Seaworthy Ships: Master Marine Artists"

J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Inc., CT, "Marine and Sporting Art of Today and Yesterday"

Big Horn Galleries "Marine Art of Yesterday & Today"

 

1998

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA   "The New American Luminists Revisit the Native Landscape" Sept. 5

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT   "Wetpaint Auction"  June 6

Copley Society, Boston, MA  "Wetpaint"   June   14

 

1997

Sharon Arts Center, Petersbough, NH "seaworthy Ships, Master marine Artists"

Big Horn Galleries, Fairfield, CT  "Group Show" December 4

J. Russell Jinishian Gallery, Fairfield, CT "Marine & Sporting Art of Yesterday"

Copley Society,Boston, MA  "Fresh Paint"  June 15

Christina Gallery, Edgartown, MA  "Two Man Show"

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT  "International Show"  Sept.

1996

Big Horn Gallery "Marine Art of Yesterday and Today"  Feb. 17

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "Painting with Light"  2 man show  August 10

Copley Society, Boston, MA    "Fresh Paint"    June 9

Maritime Gallery of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH  "Group Show"  March 23

Mystic Seaport Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT   "Invitational  Show"  April

Wilson Gallery, Nantucket, MA  "One Man Show"   July 6

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT  "International Show"  Sept

1995

Big Horn Galleries "An American Marine Legacy" Group Show

Mystic Maritime Gallery, International Marine Art Exhibition "Modern Marine Masters"

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA    Group Show

Roger King Gallery, Newport, RI   "Newport Maritime Festival"

Willson Gallery, Nantucket, MA  "

1994

Lily Pad Gallery, Charlestown, RI   "Two Man Show"

Tree's Place Gallery, Orleans, MA  "One Man Show" July

1993

Mystic Maritime Gallery, Mystic, CT   "Modern Marine Masters"

Lily Pad Gallery, Charlestown, RI  "One Man Show"

Munson Gallery. Vero Beach Fl. (one man show)

 

Special Exhibits and Lectures:

Guest Speaker , Mystic Maritime Gallery Invitational Show 2006

Cape Museum of Fine Art -permanent collection

The Donovan Gallery 2004 Making Art - Plein air 05/10 -14

The Donovan Gallery 2002 Making Art-Selling Art Seminar

C3 TV   Interview    Jan. 23 1996

Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Inc. Dennis, MA – Tuesdays with the Muse" series - "Ships, Slips & Boats Afloat" April 17, 2001

Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA

Barnstable Historical Society, "Treasures at the Trayser"

Symposium on Cape Cod Maritime History

Community Foundation of Cape Cod, "Making Art and Making A Living"

Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association, Maritime Art of New England 1840-1880

Guest Curator, Cape Museum of Fine Art, Marine Exhibit: "Cape Cod: It’s Maritime Influences Past & Present" 1993

Publications:

Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, by Debbie Forman, Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2013

Tidemark 2008 "Art of the Sea Calendar

American Artist Magazine,  "The Totality of Nature"  June  2008

True Acounts of Yankee Ingenuity & Grit   ( Front & Back Cover Illustrations) 2007

Mystic Seaport Fine Art Editions  2006

Visions in Granite Front Illustration  2006

Isles of Shoals  2006

Cape Cod Magazine  July 2006     "The  Mariner on Canvas"

American Art Collector    July 2006      (extensive article with images)

Marine Art Quarterly  Fall/Winter 2005-2006   (cover illustration)

Fine Art Connoisseur, April 2006  "New American Luminists. Land Light and Sea"

American Artist Magazine  "Landscape Highlights"  2005  ( extensive article w/images)

The Weirs Times   Vol 13, #47   Cover Image

Cape Cod Life Collector's Edition  Top 400 influential, famous, and intriguing people October 2004

Vero Beach Magazine    "Process of Illumination"   February 2003

Bound for Blue Water-Contemporary American Marine Art, J. Russell Jinishian.

Cape Cod Life, Feature Article June 2002

Cape Cod Magazine   Holiday Edition Dec. 2001  (Front Cover and article)

Art of the West  September 2001  "Capturing the Grandeur of Yosemite"

Southwest Art  November 2001  "Yosemite Artists"

American Artist Magazine April 2001 Issue. (Front Cover) w/ extensive article

Cape Cod Life Magazine "The Solitude's of Nature" August 2000 issue – page 76-81.

Tide-Mark Publishing –Art of the Sea Calendar 2000,

American Artist Magazine, "Organizing Reference Material" – March issue,

The Barnstable Patriot, 9- 24-1998,

LeChasse-Maree, French Maritime Publication, Rockport Publishers,

Marine Art, A Collection of Fine Art by Jerry McClish,

Cape Cod Guide

A-Plus

The Register,  May 8 1997 "William R Davis, Artist & Collector"

Shipwrecks Around Boston by William P. Quinn.

Yachts on Canvas  by James Taylor,  Illustration

Victoria Magazine

Mystic Maritime Gallery, The Art of the Sea Calendar (1993 Cover)

Cape Cod Times – Arts & Antiques,  Sept. 1993

Cape Cod Life,  "Contemporary Marine Art, Bill Davis Sets the Trend"  Fall 1984 Vol.6 #5

Soundings,  "A Feel of Light that Recalls an Earlier Time"  Sept. 1992

American Artist Magazine   "William R Davis on Martin Johnson Heade's Sunsets"  July 1991

Currier’s Price Guide to American Artists 1990

The Review   "Breaking Away, Perfect Path for  William R Davis"  Nov.- Dec. 1987

Dictionary of Sea Painters

Fire and Ice, A History of Comets in Art   Smithsonian Institution, (illustration)  1985

Antique Collector’s Club Ltd.