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Bullet Proof by Gene Davis

Bullet Proof by Gene Davis

Petersburg Press



Edition Size: 150

Sheet Size: 24 x 30 in. inches


Condition: Good

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Screen print on canvas laminated to board (one of a series of six screen prints comprising the “Series 1” portfolio).
24 x 30 in. / 61 x 76 cm
Signed by the artist verso and annotated AP in pen. Edition 150. Published by Petersburg Press.

This Gene Davis screen print can only be described as jewel toned, with vibrant ink in peridot green, sapphire blue, turquoise green, amethyst purple, carnelian brown, grey, and pink. Vertical stripes, the artist’s trademark, run perfectly even and parallel down the sheet. It is within this deceptively simple format that Davis produces infinite variations, equal parts whimsical and thoughtful. The artist has chosen low contrast hues for this iteration, save a handful of rebellious, pale blue stripes. This palette produces the effect of a strong, vibrating ripple of color. Perhaps Davis named this work after this sense of watertight impermeability.

The American artist Gene Davis is most well-known for his colorful, striped paintings and prints, but he worked in a variety of formats and media, from neon, to collage, to vibrant public art covering walls and sidewalks. A former sportswriter and journalist, Davis was never formally trained in art, and compared himself to a jazz musician who plays by ear, referring to his style as ‘playing by eye.’ He was inspired by the rhythm and cadence of music, and attempted to capture this quality in his art.

Davis suggested that viewers examine his works closely to gain an understanding of its rhythm and meaning. “Instead of simply glancing at the work, select a specific color—and take the time to see how it operates across the painting.—Enter the painting through the door of a single color, and then you can understand what my painting is all about.”

A copy of this print is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City.


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