Gene Davis

American, b. 1920, Washington, D.C.; d. 1985, Washington, D.C.
Gene Davis

 

In 1949, Gene Davis transitioned into his second career as an artist after working in journalism. He initially associated with the Washington Color School and Abstract Expressionists artists; however, Davis did not uphold his work to one style or school of art.  Davis likened himself to that of a jazz musician, preferring improvisation and experimentation. Sky Wagon was commissioned for the Empire State Plaza Art Collection and consists of 720 improvised stripes of color. Davis recommends starting with one color and following it throughout the composition to notice how it operates, communicates, or contradicts with the colors surrounding it.

Sky Wagon

 

Gene Davis, Sky Wagon

 

Title: Sky Wagon
Date: 1969
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 118.75 x 649.5 inches
Accession Number: P69.2.1
Location: South Concourse

 

 

 

 

Empire State Plaza Art Collection
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