I am a self taught abstract expressionism (AbEx) painter. My work is divided between "all over" pure AbEx and figurative narratives. My influences are decidedly the heros of the movement in the late 1940 and 50's; Joan Mitchell, Elaine and Willem deKooning, Grace Hartigan, Helen Frankenthaler and also Jean Paul Riopelle, Jean Michel Basquiat, Detroiters George Graveldinger and Rodney Denne.

I'd love to give you some esoteric artist statement that would require you to get the dictionary out, create a flow chart and enter psychoanalysis to understand. However, I simply paint from my heart. I love color. Lots of it. Texture too. Loads of it. I want none of this to have "sameness". I want to express life (or the after life!) in big bold strokes, in a way that conveys how grateful and humbled I am to have this opportunity to paint!

What is represented in ones "all over"? For me it's never really planned in advance. Sometimes they are started with a mood, an emotion. Sometimes you start with nothing at all - the painting starts talking to you and tells you where it wants to go, what it needs. A battle ensues. A wonderful journey. Who is really in charge here?? I honestly believe your subconscious mind is steering the ship the entire time. Just try and stay out of the way ok!!!

I love to tell stories in paint. My figuratives all have a story. But I won't tell you any of them. I'm more interested in what you see versus what I intended. I'm keenly interested in representing my characters in a way that you may not see in reality or on a day to day basis. I like to find different ways to express what's happening in their life, portray another side of their personality - or demonstrate how they influence me or others.

As Robert Henri most adeptly put it in his book The Art Spirit, "A work of art is the trace of a magnificent struggle".

I hope you will enjoy these works as much as I have in creating them.


Thank you for your interest!

jb davies

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