Vision Quest: Shay Davis Solo Exhibition

Aug 4, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018

Vision Quest: Shay Davis Solo Exhibition

Opening Reception: August 4th, 6-9pm

Those fortunate to walk through Abend Gallery this August will find themselves covering far more ground than is contained within its soft-lit halls and airy chambers. Denver surrealist Shay Davis’s extraordinary “Vision Quest” will set sail on Saturday, Aug. 4, taking guests on a mind-opening Grand Tour of the world’s least-traveled precincts, offering singular introductions to many of its most reclusive inhabitants.

Not long ago, Davis created a series rooted in the Seven Deadly Sins exploring the essence and effect of animal excess. In “Vision Quest” he again takes aim at human folly, this time via a sumptuous study of the non-human casualties of humanity’s insatiable appetites. From the gelid wastes of Antarctica to the steaming jungles of Asia, selected endangered species of the seven continents will populate Vision Quest’s lush habitat, a stunning archipelago of 28 lavish oil paintings that open into the dream-space that exists between perfect fidelity and prescient fantasy. It’s a realm of exquisite contradiction that mirrors the two worlds that Davis has occupied for most of his life.

Davis grew up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where art and sports competed for his passion from an early age. Unwilling to choose between the challenge of physical contest and the mental challenge of Salvador Dali, he found accommodation for both, eventually becoming a star running back for the University of Colorado while simultaneously attaining a bachelor’s degree in fine art. After graduation, sports temporarily gained the upper hand. “I messed around in Vail for a while,” Davis smiles. “I wanted to spend a couple of years snowboarding.”

Equilibrium was reestablished in 2004 when Davis moved to San Diego and began dividing his time between studio and surf, by turns riding the waves and perfecting his craft. It was in San Diego that he found himself traveling in easy company with students of the “lowbrow” school, a vivid and often mischievous style well-suited to his laid-back nature. By the time he returned to Colorado in 2007, sports had been consigned to the back seat and Davis has since been primarily devoted to developing his distinctive brand of “futuristic surrealism,” a vibrant variation all his own that will be on full and fascinating display at Abend Gallery. “It’s a form of modern realism. It’s fun, and kind of trippy.”

Sometimes complex, occasionally austere, often playful and always purposeful, Davis’s striking images are visually delicious, intellectually nourishing and emotionally satisfying. A capricious blush of Dali still tinges many of his canvasses, Davis’s infinite imagination, gentle humor and bone-deep reverence for his subjects are plain to see in every precise brush stroke. And if Davis’s physical pursuits are currently spending more time on the sidelines, they continue to give his artistic endeavors a welcome assist.

“Sports teach you self-discipline and a strong work-ethic,” Davis explains. “Those qualities are just as important to my art.”

That’s not surprising, considering that Davis practices the same approach to painting as that favored by the Dutch Masters, a time-consuming and labor-intensive method involving several strata and tremendous mental organization. Davis’s themes are likewise layered, inviting the mind to penetrate the surface and extract meaning unique to each beholding eye.

The artist behind “Vision Quest” presents a heartfelt tribute to Earth’s wondrous biological variety. Beneath that self-evident message, however, one might perceive thoughtful essays on topics ranging anywhere from the planet’s geographical limitations, to our inconsistent attitudes toward furred and feathered fellow travelers, to the growing need for human restraint.

On its face, “Vision Quest” is a journey that spans the length and breadth of the world. In its heart, it’s a journey of the mind with infinite possible destinations. And, this summer, both journeys begin at Abend Gallery.

Vision Quest: Shay Davis Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: August 4th, 6-9pm Those fortunate to walk through Abend Gallery this August will find themselves covering far more ground than is contained within its soft-lit halls and airy chambers. Denver surrealist Shay Davis’s extraordinary “Vision Quest” will set sail on Saturday, Aug. 4, taking guests on a mind-opening Grand Tour of the world’s least-traveled precincts, offering singular introductions to many of its most reclusive inhabitants. Not long ago, Davis created a series rooted in the Seven Deadly Sins exploring the essence and effect of animal excess. In “Vision Quest” he again takes aim at human folly, this time via a sumptuous study of the non-human casualties of humanity’s insatiable appetites. From the gelid wastes of Antarctica to the steaming jungles of Asia, selected endangered species of the seven continents will populate Vision Quest’s lush habitat, a stunning archipelago of 28 lavish oil paintings that open into the dream-space that exists between perfect fidelity and prescient fantasy. It’s a realm of exquisite contradiction that mirrors the two worlds that Davis has occupied for most of his life. Davis grew up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where art and sports competed for his passion from an early age. Unwilling to choose between the challenge of physical contest and the mental challenge of Salvador Dali, he found accommodation for both, eventually becoming a star running back for the University of Colorado while simultaneously attaining a bachelor’s degree in fine art. After graduation, sports temporarily gained the upper hand. “I messed around in Vail for a while,” Davis smiles. “I wanted to spend a couple of years snowboarding.” Equilibrium was reestablished in 2004 when Davis moved to San Diego and began dividing his time between studio and surf, by turns riding the waves and perfecting his craft. It was in San Diego that he found himself traveling in easy company with students of the “lowbrow” school, a vivid and often mischievous style well-suited to his laid-back nature. By the time he returned to Colorado in 2007, sports had been consigned to the back seat and Davis has since been primarily devoted to developing his distinctive brand of “futuristic surrealism,” a vibrant variation all his own that will be on full and fascinating display at Abend Gallery. “It’s a form of modern realism. It’s fun, and kind of trippy.” Sometimes complex, occasionally austere, often playful and always purposeful, Davis’s striking images are visually delicious, intellectually nourishing and emotionally satisfying. A capricious blush of Dali still tinges many of his canvasses, Davis’s infinite imagination, gentle humor and bone-deep reverence for his subjects are plain to see in every precise brush stroke. And if Davis’s physical pursuits are currently spending more time on the sidelines, they continue to give his artistic endeavors a welcome assist. “Sports teach you self-discipline and a strong work-ethic,” Davis explains. “Those qualities are just as important to my art.” That’s not surprising, considering that Davis practices the same approach to painting as that favored by the Dutch Masters, a time-consuming and labor-intensive method involving several strata and tremendous mental organization. Davis’s themes are likewise layered, inviting the mind to penetrate the surface and extract meaning unique to each beholding eye. The artist behind “Vision Quest” presents a heartfelt tribute to Earth’s wondrous biological variety. Beneath that self-evident message, however, one might perceive thoughtful essays on topics ranging anywhere from the planet’s geographical limitations, to our inconsistent attitudes toward furred and feathered fellow travelers, to the growing need for human restraint. On its face, “Vision Quest” is a journey that spans the length and breadth of the world. In its heart, it’s a journey of the mind with infinite possible destinations. And, this summer, both journeys begin at Abend Gallery.
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Abend Gallery
Denver
CO
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Birds as the Bees (South America)
Shay Davis

Birds as the Bees (South America)

Oil on canvas

20 x 15 in

$2,750.00

Blue Blood (Europe)
Shay Davis

Blue Blood (Europe)

Oil on canvas

24 x 18 in

$3,500.00

Twist of Fate (South America)
Shay Davis

Twist of Fate (South America)

Oil on canvas

60 x 48 in

$12,500.00

Gritty and Glam (Europe)
Shay Davis

Gritty and Glam (Europe)

Oil on canvas

60 x 42 in

$11,000.00

All Eyes on Me (Australia)
Shay Davis

All Eyes on Me (Australia)

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$2,800.00

Big Road to Kittridge (North America)
Shay Davis

Big Road to Kittridge (North America)

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in

$12,500.00

Carrying a Load
Shay Davis

Carrying a Load

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$2,800.00

Hope (South America)
Shay Davis

Hope (South America)

Oil on canvas

5 x 7 in

$700.00

I Love Lucy (South America)
Shay Davis

I Love Lucy (South America)

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$2,800.00

Last White Rhino (Africa)
Shay Davis

Last White Rhino (Africa)

Oil on canvas

16 x 8 in

$1,500.00

Levitator (Europe)
Shay Davis

Levitator (Europe)

Oil on canvas

10 x 8 in

$950.00

Night Stalker (Antarctica)
Shay Davis

Night Stalker (Antarctica)

Oil on canvas

8 x 16 in

$1,500.00

Off to Work (Europe)
Shay Davis

Off to Work (Europe)

Oil on canvas

7 x 5 in

$700.00

One Hour a Day (Asia)
Shay Davis

One Hour a Day (Asia)

Oil on canvas

22 x 16 in

$3,100.00

Picture Perfect (Asia)
Shay Davis

Picture Perfect (Asia)

Oil on canvas

16 x 22 in

$3,100.00

Point of Diminishing Return
Shay Davis

Point of Diminishing Return

Oil

48 x 60 in

$12,000.00

Pyramid and the Pompadour (South America)
Shay Davis

Pyramid and the Pompadour (South America)

Oil on canvas

14 x 11 in

(Sold)

Red Manned (South America)
Shay Davis

Red Manned (South America)

Oil on canvas

20 x 30 in

$4,200.00

Shopping with Mom (Australia)
Shay Davis

Shopping with Mom (Australia)

Oil on canvas

18 x 15 in

$2,500.00

Survivors (Europe)
Shay Davis

Survivors (Europe)

Oil on canvas

12 x 32 in

$3,400.00

The Backyard (North America)
Shay Davis

The Backyard (North America)

Oil on canvas

16 x 16 in

$2,400.00

The Clan (Africa)
Shay Davis

The Clan (Africa)

Oil on canvas

20 x 16 in

$2,800.00

The Great Migration (Asia)
Shay Davis

The Great Migration (Asia)

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in

$12,500.00

The Long Trek (North America)
Shay Davis

The Long Trek (North America)

Oil on canvas

8 x 8 in

$800.00

Light on You, 2018
Shay Davis

Light on You, 2018

Oil on canvas

5 x 7 in

(Sold)

The Great Escape (Antarctica), 2018
Shay Davis

The Great Escape (Antarctica), 2018

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in

$12,500.00

The Lookout (Australia)
Shay Davis

The Lookout (Australia)

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in

$12,500.00

The Magic Bowl (Australia)
Shay Davis

The Magic Bowl (Australia)

Oil on canvas

14 x 8 in

$1,300.00

The one that got away ( Africa)
Shay Davis

The one that got away ( Africa)

Oil on canvas

48 x 60 in

(Sold)

The View at Dusk (Antarctica)
Shay Davis

The View at Dusk (Antarctica)

Oil on canvas

16 x 8 in

$1,500.00

Big Boy ( Africa)
Shay Davis

Big Boy ( Africa)

Oil on canvas

10 x 15 in

$1,750.00

Study 26
Shay Davis

Study 26

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 25
Shay Davis

Study 25

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 24
Shay Davis

Study 24

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 23
Shay Davis

Study 23

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 22
Shay Davis

Study 22

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

(Sold)

Study 21
Shay Davis

Study 21

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 20
Shay Davis

Study 20

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 19
Shay Davis

Study 19

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 18
Shay Davis

Study 18

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 17
Shay Davis

Study 17

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 16
Shay Davis

Study 16

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 15
Shay Davis

Study 15

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 14
Shay Davis

Study 14

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 13
Shay Davis

Study 13

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 12
Shay Davis

Study 12

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

(Sold)

Study 11
Shay Davis

Study 11

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 10
Shay Davis

Study 10

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 9
Shay Davis

Study 9

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 8
Shay Davis

Study 8

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 7
Shay Davis

Study 7

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 6
Shay Davis

Study 6

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 5
Shay Davis

Study 5

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 4
Shay Davis

Study 4

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 3
Shay Davis

Study 3

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 2
Shay Davis

Study 2

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

Study 1
Shay Davis

Study 1

Charcoal

9.50 x 7.50 in

$250.00

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