This abstract oil composition by Montreal born Mel Davis takes a traditional theme—the still life—fruit on a table, draped in a white cloth and imaginatively re-interprets it in a fresh, contemporary style. Davis was influenced by the colourful and fluid work of French masters like Matisse, but her adventurous use of colour, form and pattern is uniquely her own.
“My paintings investigate iconic themes in art such as landscape, the portrait, the interior. I am interested in how we as makers and viewers can find endless modes of description and emotional connection in these classical representations.” 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.