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Paul H. Davis

Paul Davis, a painter, teacher, and art administrator, was born December 2, 1946, in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. As Davis looks to the future he continues to accelerate in his painting career. He is currently working on opening a studio/gallery for Utah artists.

After attending Boston University and earning both a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1973, and a Master of Fine Art in 1975, Davis began a long and distinguished career as a teacher and painter. He taught at Boston University, Regis College, Art Institute of Boston, and the University of Utah, from which he recently retired. 

Davis has exhibited around the state of Utah as well as in numerous group exhibits throughout the country. His work has been seen at the Bountiful Art Center, the Kimball Art Center, Springville Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, the America Haus and many others. Paul Davis is the recipient of the Painting Prize, "Utah '80" from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Western States Arts Federation/N.E.A. Fellowship for Visual Artists. 

Biography adapted from Springville Museum of Art

Paul Davis, a painter, teacher, and art administrator, was born December 2, 1946, in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. After attending Boston University and earning both a Bachelor of Fine Art (1973) and a Master of Fine Art (1975), Davis began a long and distinguished career as a teacher and painter. He taught at Boston University, Regis College, Art Institute of Boston, and the University of Utah, from which he recently retired.

Davis has exhibited around the state of Utah as well as in numerous group exhibits throughout the country. His work has been seen at the Bountiful Art Center (Bountiful UT.), the Kimball Art Center (Park City UT.), Springville Museum of Art (Springville UT.) Corcoran Gallery (Washington, D.C.), America Haus (Hamburg, Germany) and many others. Paul Davis is the recipient of the Painting Prize, "Utah '80" from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship, and the Western States Arts Federation/N.E.A. Fellowship for Visual Artists. Davis says of his own painting methods, "As my paintings accumulate layers of paint, they accumulate layers of meaning for me. When a painting is almost done, if it is any good, I begin to realize what it has been trying to tell me. If it is a good picture it continues to reveal itself." The Deseret News Jan. 24, 1981.

As Davis looks to the future he continues to accelerate in his painting career. He is currently working on opening a studio/gallery for Utah artists.

Paul Davis has had a distinguished career as an artist. His work is described as being remarkably original. Davis is a realist who probes beyond mere imitation to find complexities and intensities of contemporary living. "He is a most serious and dedicated artist with an acute eye and a highly developed critical sense. His work is sophisticated, knowledgeable and completely independent." (Andrew Forge)

Biography courtesy Springville Museum of Art.

Books

Davis, Paul H. Paul H. Davis: Recent Work /Introduction by Andrew Forge; text by Will South. Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake Art Center, 1988.

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G, Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Art. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

Swanson, Vern G, Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1997.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert Olpin, Donna Poulton and Janie L. Rogers. 150 Year Survey Utah Art & Artists. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2002.

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