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Anna U Davis
updated: 05/23/2014
website: www.annaudavis.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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A CBD in D.C.(A Cherry Blossom Dream in D.C.)
The Convict
Luncheon on the Gun
Untitled
Let the Right One In
The Reluctant Builder
Tripping
untitled
untitled (detail)
A Woman's Touch
Shark-cuteri
Vikings
Installation view A Swedish Midsummer Feast
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, anatomy, humor, social criticism, psychological, urban, figurative, gender/sexuality, collage, feminist
 
 
A CBD in D.C.(A Cherry Blossom Dream in D.C.) by Anna U Davis
A CBD in D.C.(A Cherry Blossom Dream in D.C.)
ink drawing on cut-out birch
2014
48" x  58"  x 3/4" 
The Convict  by Anna U Davis
The Convict
ink and acrylics on birch
2013
91" x  48"  x 0.5" 
Luncheon on the Gun by Anna U Davis
Luncheon on the Gun
mixed media on canvas
2013
30" x  34"  x 2" 
Untitled by Anna U Davis
Untitled
mixed media on canvas
2012
36 " x  50 " 
Let the Right One In by Anna U Davis
Let the Right One In
ink on paper
2012
23 " x  18 " 
The Reluctant Builder by Anna U Davis
The Reluctant Builder
ink, acrylics and recycled paper on layered birch plywood
2011
66" x  48"  x 3" 
Tripping by Anna U Davis
Tripping
ink on paper
2011
14 58 14 " x  19 44 "  x 1.5 " 
untitled by Anna U Davis
untitled
ink & acrylic on birch plywood
2011
90" x  48"  x 0.5" 
untitled (detail) by Anna U Davis
untitled (detail)
ink & acrylic on birch plywood
2011
90" x  48"  x 0.5" 
A Woman's Touch by Anna U Davis
A Woman's Touch
mixed media on canvas
2012
22" x  32" 
Shark-cuteri by Anna U Davis
Shark-cuteri
ink on paper
2011
14" x  19" 
Vikings by Anna U Davis
Vikings
mixed media on canvas
2010
42" x  55" 
Installation view A Swedish Midsummer Feast by Anna U Davis
Installation view A Swedish Midsummer Feast
mixed media on canvas
2009
72" x  96" 

Artist Statement

 

Conceptually speaking, Anna U Davis is the God Daughter of Roy Lichtenstein and Romare Bearden. The great African-American artist serves as Davis’ inspiration and validation for employing a variety of fonts and graphics excised from newspaper, fashion magazines, photographs, and other media. The results give multi-dimensional effect to the sexual, political and class-based concerns depicted by her not-white/not-black “Frocasians.” She is also beholden to the late Lichtenstein. Her cut-out components operate as her own form of “Ben-Day dots” which come together to create an overall cartoon-like realism. Yet the completed works’ composition and narrative ambiguity pushes beyond the flatness of mere cartoons (both metaphorically and visually). And yet Davis’ work does not easily fit into typical categories: her pictures seem as they may be autobiographical or tied to the artist’s “black” identity. However, the representations are not based on personal narrative. Ms. Davis was born and raised in Sweden and unlike her distinct, autonomous tribe of Africanized characters she has no black ancestry. Davis clearly is an obsessive and meticulous collagist, but her application technique is so tight and precise as to create a painterly, brush-like effect.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Anna U Davis  was born in Lund, Sweden in 1975. She moved to the United States in 1998 and graduated with a BA in Painting from The University of the District  of   
Columbia in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group 
exhibitions, including "The Corcoran Gallery of Art," "The Long View Gallery" and "Hillyer Art Space" in Washington, D.C. Davis is known for her bold, colorful, 
graphic mixed-media work, where she explores her fascination with gender 
relations.  She is  a two-time recipient of the the DC Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship (2013 & 2010) and  her work can be found in public and private collections in the United States  and in Europe. Davis currently resides and works 
in Washington, D.C.