In this striking portrait, Mel Davis has captured a classic image--the torso of an ancient sculpture, clothed in robes. In art school, Davis studied and was influenced by the European masters of traditional painting styles and techniques. Here, the Montreal born artist uses a soft, muted palette in grays, burgundy and dark blue. Painting is comprised of oil on linen on panel.
“I explore the space between what is familiar and what still can be mysterious. My work questions if we can find new and relevant areas of study in what is traditional.” – Mel Davis
She graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in 1998. A short study trip at the Slade School of Art in London was followed by a move to California where she acquired her MFA at the San Francisco Institute of Art. Davis still lives in the Bay area. Her work has been shown in both solo and group shows in Canada and the U.S.