KEITH DAVIS (b. 1955)
Keith Davis, a self-taught artist, began his love for producing art after a serious illness at the young age of nine. Walking down the corridors of the hospital, Davis was fascinated by the hanging oil portraits of doctors, amazed to see how a photorealistic image can be produced through paint. The young artist began to paint on his own.
Over time, Davis has developed his own style, finding inspiration in contemporary artists like David Bates and Jon Flaming, old masters including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, and Texas regionalists such as Otis Dozier and Jerry Bywaters.
Davis collects subject matter from his daily life, often mixing in a little pop culture and quite a bit of imagination. His creative process begins with photos found on the Internet, especially the imagery with a folk art focus. For inspiration derived from his surroundings, Davis is continually drawn to the western Texas landscape of his youth and its spacious flatlands, stating that he loves how “free” it appears. He is also inspired by the beautiful hill country, especially in its parallel appearance and uniqueness relative to his native western flatlands.
The artist’s oeuvre includes polychromed-wood sculptures which depict the various creatures that inhabit the Texas environment. For Davis, making art is a rewarding career and he continues to produce paintings and sculptures in his Austin studio.
Selected Biographical and Career Highlights
Selected Public Collections
Briscoe Museum of Western Art, San Antonio