Michael Davis

Michael Davis

b. 1948

Michael Davis is known for his public art commissions as well as for his studio practice. His multivalent career straddles a politically informed variation of minimalism and a narrative pictorialism that is rooted in the symbolic vocabulary of the sciences, particularly astronomy—exemplified by his exceptional work on the Sunset/Vermont Station on the Los Angeles Metro Red Line. These ends of the spectrum overlap considerably, as with the science and applications of nuclear physics, or with the use of the castoffs from a politically loaded industrial process assembled into an abstract form.

Water
Copper stain on cement and pine, 1983
85 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
Gift of the Richard H. Mumper Trust
1994.102