The Opponent, oil and wax on wood panel , 2011, 16 x 16 in.
And Close Your Eyes, 2011, oil on raised wood panel, 48 x 48 in.
The Unconscious, 2011, oil and wax on panel, 4 x 4 in.
The Rediscovered Self, 2011, oil on wood panel, 16 x 16 in.
The Moment, 2011, oil and wax on panel, 11 x 11 in.
The Guide, 2011, oil and wax on panel, 10 x 10 in.
A Dangerous Walk, 2011, oil and wax on panel, 18 x 18 in.
Kai Samuels-Davis is a New York born artist currently living and working in Jenner, CA. His love for visual art began when he attended classes at the Woodstock School of Art at the age of 16, followed by a stint at the Art Students League of New York. He received his BFA at SUNY Purchase before moving to California where he completed the graduate program in film at Art Center College of Design in 2006. Though not directly pursuing film, cinematic themes often arise in his paintings, giving them the sense of being fragments of a larger framework of thoughts. His work is composed of figures, landscapes and objects focusing on the moments we keep to ourselves. Utilizing expressive realism, the images are cerebral and visceral, creating a mood of melancholy and solitude with an appreciation for their necessity and beauty.
Kai has shown at numerous galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and England. His work is in private collections throughout the world.
My work represents self-reflective and melancholic moments, providing a quiet escape and a way of making sense of thoughts not always shared. The imagery is meant to serve as a guide to look inward and move forward. The subjects work to create their own world with the landscapes and objects providing an environment and surroundings for the figures who inhabit them. The work invites interpretation so that the viewer can relate the images to their own thoughts and experiences, creating a unique narrative for each individual.