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Gene Davis Art

American, 1920-1985

Davis was born in Washington D.C. in 1920 and spent nearly all his life there. Before he began to paint in 1949, he worked as a sportswriter, covering the Washington Football Team and other local teams. Working as a journalist in the late 1940s, he covered the Roosevelt and Truman presidential administrations, and was often President Truman's partner for poker games. His first art studio was in his apartment on Scott Circle; later he worked out of a studio on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Davis's first solo exhibition of drawings was at the Dupont Theater Gallery in 1952, and his first exhibition of paintings was at Catholic University in 1953. A decade later he participated in the "Washington Color Painters" exhibit at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, DC, which traveled to other venues around the US, and launched the recognition of the Washington Color School as a regional movement in which Davis was a central figure. The Washington painters were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters. Though, he worked in a variety of media and styles, including ink, oil, acrylic, video, and collage, Davis is best known by far for his acrylic paintings (mostly on canvas) of colorful vertical stripes, which he began to paint in 1958. The paintings typically repeat particular colors to create a sense of rhythm and repetition with variations. One of the best-known of his paintings, "Black Grey Beat" (1964), owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum reinforces these musical comparisons in its title. The pairs of alternating black and grey stripes are repeated across the canvas, and recognizable even as other colors are substituted for black and grey, and returned to even as the repetition of dark and light pairs is here and there broken by sharply contrasting colors.

In 1972 Davis created Franklin's Footpath, which was at the time the world's largest artwork, by painting colorful stripes on the street in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the world's largest painting, Niagara (43,680 square feet), in a parking lot in Lewiston, NY. His "micro-paintings", at the other extreme, were as small as 3/8 of an inch square.

For a public work in a different medium altogether, he designed the color patterns of the "Solar Wall," a set of tubes filled with dyed water and backlit by fluorescent lights, at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Davis began teaching in 1966 at the Corcoran School of Art, where he became a permanent member of the faculty. His works are in the collections of, among others, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection in Albany, NY, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

He died on April 6, 1985 in Washington, DC.

(Biography provided by Georgetown Frame Shoppe)
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Carousel, Minimalist Stripe Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis Title: Carousel Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Image 13.5 x 20 inches Paper Size: 17 x 24 inches
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1980s Color-Field Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (1983)
By Gene Davis
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Provenance: Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
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1980s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Tightrope: abstract modern minimalist color field drawing with rainbow colors
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
Rainbow shades shine in delicate clusters of vertical lines, in this abstract, geometric lithograph. Vibrant yellow, green, magenta pink, blue and brown take on the organic quality o...
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Gene Davis, Blackwatch III
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
A large, minimalist stripe print entitled "Black Watch III" by American Color Field artist, Gene Davis. The print is signed and numbered in pencil and nicely framed. Date: 1974 Scr...
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1970s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Green Giant, Minimalist Print by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis Title: Green Giant Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil verso Edition: 250 Paper Size: 26 x 28.5 inches
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Series 1: Bullet Proof
By Gene Davis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Gene B. Davis Medium: screenprint on canvas laminated to board Title: Bullet Proof Portfolio: Series 1 Signed: signed and inscribed "A/P" in ink, and titled with the ink stam...
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1960s American Modern Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Green Giant, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Gene Davis (1920-1985) Title: Giant Green Year: 1980 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 29.75 x 32.5 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: ...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Royal Curtain, 1980 Limited Edition Silkscreen, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
GENE DAVIS (1920-1985) Known for his dazzling and immediately recognizable stripe paintings, Gene Davis emerged from the ranks of the Washington Color School to national prominence. ...
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1980s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Royal Curtain, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Gene Davis (1920-1985) Title: Royal Curtain Year: 1980 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 30 x 21.5 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: S...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Royal Curtain
By Gene Davis
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed screenprint on Arches paper by American artist Gene Davis (1920-1985) titled "Royal Curtain", 1980. Hand pencil signed by Davis lower right and numbered lower left...
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1980s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Screen

SHOOTING STAR
By Gene Davis
Located in Aventura, FL
Hand signed, dated, and numbered by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of authenticity included. Edition: of 250. All reasonable offers will be considered.
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Paper, Screen

Shooting Star, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Gene Davis (1920-1985) Title: Shooting Star Year: 1979 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 37.25 x 37 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: ...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Series 1: Jack in the Box
By Gene Davis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Gene B. Davis Medium: screenprint on canvas laminated to board Title: Jack in the Box Portfolio: Series 1 Signed: signed and inscribed "A/P" in ink, and titled with the ink s...
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1960s American Modern Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Home Run: abstract modern minimalist color field drawing with rainbow colors
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
Rainbow shades shine in this abstract, color field print. Vibrant red, yellow, orange, purple, and green lines take on the organic quality of handmade paper, resulting in this subtle...
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Green Giant,1980 Limited Edition Lithograph, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
GENE DAVIS (1920-1985) Known for his dazzling and immediately recognizable stripe paintings, Gene Davis emerged from the ranks of the Washington Color School to national prominence. ...
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1980s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Lilac, Minimalist Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis Title: Lilac Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Paper Size: 21.75 x 30 inches
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1980s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Bullet Proof Gene Davis color field 1960s multicolor abstract stripe print
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
This Gene Davis screenprint can only be described as jewel toned, with vibrant ink in peridot green, sapphire blue, turquoise green, amethyst purple, carnelian brown, grey, and pink....
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1960s Color-Field Gene Davis Art

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Canvas, Board, Screen

Yellow Jack, 1979 Limited Edition Lithograph, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original Limited Edition Lithograph on Arches paper, 1979. Edition Size: 250. Paper Size: 22.5" x 25." Signed, numbered & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition; unframed.
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1970s Abstract Expressionist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Royal Curtain, Minimalist silkscreen by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis, American (1920 - 1985) Title: Royal Curtain Year: 1980 Medium: Silkscreen in Colors on Arches, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Paper Size: 29.75 x 21....
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1980s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Series 1: John Barley Corn
By Gene Davis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Gene B. Davis Medium: screenprint on canvas laminated to board Title: John Barley Corn Portfolio: Series 1 Signed: signed and inscribed "A/P" in ink, and titled with the ink ...
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1960s American Modern Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Shooting Star, 1979 Limited Edition Silkscreen, Gene Davis - LARGE
By Gene Davis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
GENE DAVIS (1920-1985) Known for his dazzling and immediately recognizable stripe paintings, Gene Davis emerged from the ranks of the Washington Color School to national prominence. ...
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1970s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Lilac, 1980 Limited Edition Lithograph, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
GENE DAVIS (1920-1985) Known for his dazzling and immediately recognizable stripe paintings, Gene Davis emerged from the ranks of the Washington Color School to national prominence. ...
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1980s Abstract Expressionist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Yellow Jack, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Gene Davis (1920-1985) Title: Yellow Jack Year: 1979 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 22.5 x 25 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Sig...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Sonata, Minimalist Stripe Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis, American (1920 - 1985) Title: Sonata Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper, signed and numbered in pencil, verso Edition: 250 Paper Size: 20.75 x 28.5 inc...
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1980s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Witch Doctor: abstract modern minimalist color field drawing with rainbow colors
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
Vibrant magenta, yellow, orange, brown, purple, lime green, jungle green, dark green, cerulean, and sky-blue lines take on the organic quality of handmade paper, resulting in this su...
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Lilac, Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Gene Davis (1920-1985) Title: Lilac Year: 1980 Medium: Silkscreen on Arches paper Edition: 250, plus proofs Size: 22.5 x 28.5 inches Condition: Excellent Inscription: Signed ...
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1980s Abstract Geometric Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Ferris Wheel: abstract modern minimalist color field drawing with rainbow colors
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
This geometric, minimalist print glows in rainbow shades. Vibrant raspberry pink, magenta, yellow, lime green, and sky-blue lines take on the organic quality of handmade paper, resul...
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1970s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Series 1: King Kong
By Gene Davis
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Gene B. Davis Medium: screenprint on canvas laminated to board Title: King Kong Portfolio: Series 1 Signed: signed and inscribed "A/P" in ink, and titled with the ink stamp, ...
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1960s American Modern Gene Davis Art

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Screen

Banjo, Minimalist Stripe Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis, American (1920 - 1985) Title: Banjo Year: 1981 Medium: Lithograph on Arches Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Size: 21.25 x 28.5 in. (53.98 x 7...
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1980s Color-Field Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Ferris Wheel
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis Title: Ferris Wheel Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Image Size: 18 x 25.5 inches Paper Size: 19.5 x 27 ...
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1980s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Sky Cycle
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis, American (1920 - 1985) Title: Sky Cycle Year: 1978 Medium: Oil on Raw Canvas, signed and dated verso Size: 47 x 33 in. (119.38 x 83.82 cm) Frame Size: 49 x 35 i...
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1970s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Canvas, Oil

Sonata, Minimalist Stripe Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis, American (1920 - 1985) Title: Sonata Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper, signed and numbered in pencil, verso Edition: 250 Paper Size: 20.75 x 28.5 inc...
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1980s Minimalist Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Adam's Rib, Minimalist Stripe Lithograph by Gene Davis
By Gene Davis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Gene Davis Title: Adam's Rib Year: 1980 Medium: Lithograph on Arches Paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 250 Size: 19 x 27 in. (48.26 x 68.58 cm)
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1980s Abstract Gene Davis Art

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Lithograph

Untitled (Purple and Yellow)
By Gene Davis
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Signed and dated lower right Provenance: Collection of Jan Cowles
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1980s Gene Davis Art

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Pastel

Lime - Lemon
By Gene Davis
Located in New York, NY
Signed on stretcher "Lime - Lemon (1970) Gene Davis"
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20th Century Gene Davis Art

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Acrylic

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