Jennifer Davis


Monkey (Detail), acrylic and graphite, 16″ x 20″, 2015


Space Cadet, acrylic and graphite, 12″ x 16″, 2013


Lion, acrylic and graphite, 48″ x 48″, 2014


Hideaway, acrylic and graphite, 12″ x 16″, 2013


Cordelia, acrylic and graphite, 12″ x 16″, 2013


New Day, acrylic and graphite, 11″ x 14″, 2015


PhoneFace, acrylic and graphite, 11″ x 14″, 2014


Goat, acrylic and graphite, 48″ x 48″, 2014

Artist Statement

My usual mode of work is spontaneous and intuitive. The narrative quality of each of my paintings becomes apparent during the process of drawing and painting, and via various additive and subtractive processes, including layering, sanding, and scraping. My “portraits” (of people, animals, trees, and objects) have a surreal candy-land exterior full of pastel-colored innocence, which only hints at an undercurrent of darkness and mystery. In addition to “elevating the mundane,” I aim to imbue everyday objects/subjects with an extra sense of humor, emotion, narrative, and strange familiarity. I enjoy experimenting with color and  composition, storytelling, and shifts in scale and perspective.

About the Artist

Jennifer Davis, born in 1975, has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, Michigan; Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lesher Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; Foster Museum, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, Indiana; and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina. She also has shown her work in several galleries in major cities across the United States.

Jennifer Davis, who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota, is the recipient of a 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation.

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