UAMA Exhibit to Feature Oracle Artist

UA News Services
Nov. 22, 2004

The University of Arizona Museum of Art will feature the works of artist James G. Davis, with an exhibit, "Paintings and Works on Paper, 1988-2004."

This 15-year survey of Davis' diaristic paintings, including monumental diptychs and triptychs, chronicles his travels in America, Spain and Germany. Curated by Peter S. Briggs, this stunning exhibition will feature 30 important paintings by Davis and numerous works on paper, monotypes and prints.

Painter and peripatetic traveler Davis calls Rancho Linda Vista in Oracle, Ariz., his home. Davis' son, Turner G. Davis of Riva Yares Gallery, will lecture about his father on Friday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m., followed by a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

James Davis likes to move around. His homes number at least four or five in spirit or in fact: Arizona, Nova Scotia, Colorado, Berlin, Spain. He returns to the same houses or hotels or studios. These places are familiar and intimate, a source of experience that encourages his purpose.

But unlike the embellishers of the Grand Tour, his paintings are not about travel. They are not about exoticism or the status ascribed to someone who can go where you have not been to obtain secret knowledge from distant shores or cities. They are about a conflation of experience, real and imagined.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art is located in the UA Fine Arts Plaza at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.

For more information, contact Alisa Z. Shorr, public information specialist, University of Arizona Museum of Art, at email: or 520-621-7567.

Or visit the UA Museum of Art Web site at

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James G. Davis: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1988-2004


UA Museum of Art


Exhibition dates: Dec. 11 - Jan. 30 Lecture: Friday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., followed by public reception


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