“Alpha and Omega” will open with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 18. Davies will
present a talk at 2 p.m. in the galleries.
A native of Chicago, Davies attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during
the late 1960s where he was influenced by Chicago’s homegrown pop genre “imagism”
combined with traditions of the great museums. After fulfilling a childhood dream
of traveling with the circus, Davies worked for a short time as a billboard artist
and sign painter, eventually opening a mural painting business. After receiving a
Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Illinois, he has divided his
time professionally between studio pursuits and a variety of other genres including
circus and carnival show painter, sideshow banner artist, professional muralist, curator
and educator. He has taught as an adjunct painting instructor at the University of
Illinois for several years.
His works reside in many public and private collections including Chicago’s Field
Museum of Natural History, The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, the Georgia
Museum of Art, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Roger Brown Study Collection
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In an essay written for Davies’ show, Illinois State Museum Associate Curator of Art
Doug Stapleton wrote: “Davies’ paintings, drawings and sculptures are entrances for
stories; when we tumble into them, for there is no other way than to tumble, we fall
into their existential resonance.”
“Alpha and Omega” will remain on display through Sept. 1 in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington. Summer gallery hours are Friday through
Monday 12 noon to 3 p. m. The galleries will be closed July 4-5. Admission to the
galleries is free.