A committed abstract painter, Gwen Davidson has chosen to pursue the systematic exploration of structure and surface, color and density as her work’s vocabulary. Working through a series of painterly tropes from realism to minimalism at the beginning of her career, Davidson has remained constant in the exploration of geometry as the organizing basis of her work and it’s content for much of her thirty-plus year career.
After a decade of working with oil on canvas, Davidson moved decisively to acrylic on a paper or card matrix which allowed her to experiment easily not only with the translucency of water-based acrylics but with new formats, scale, and the placement of paper sheets directly on the wall. Finding inspiration in the simple geometries of architecture – post and lintel, window and door – during this period, she built a shape vocabulary … that invoked the familiar structure of American domestic architecture, as well as memories from studies in Florence, Italy.
Initially a method for editing and re-drafting the spatial aspects of her paintings or introducing a fresh block of color, she has come to use the assembling and layer... READ MORE