"Three Aces" by Gene Davis
Signed Lithograph printed in 1973 from an edition size of 75.
The overall size of the Lithograph is 29.75 x 40.25 inches.
The condition of this piece has been graded as B: Very Good Condition, with signs of handling or age.
About the Print
Signed, Dated, and Numbered out of 75 in pencil. Davis's first solo exhibition of drawings was at the Dupont Theater Gallery in 1952, and his first exhibition of paintings was at Catholic University in 1953. A decade later he participated in the "Washington Color Painters" exhibit at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in Washington, DC, which traveled to other venues around the US, and launched the recognition of the Washington Color School as a regional movement in which Davis was a central figure. The Washington painters were among the most prominent of the mid-century color field painters. Though he worked in a variety of media and styles, including ink, oil, acrylic, video, and collage, Davis is best known by far for his acrylic paintings (mostly on canvas) of colorful vertical stripes, which he began to paint in 1958.
About the Artist
American painter who has been a pioneer of colour stripe painting; one of the so-called 'Washington colour painters'. Born in Washington, DC. Studied the liberal arts at Maryland University, Baltimore, 1939-42, then attended Wilson Teachers College, Washington, 1943. Worked in the 1940s as a journalist. Without formal training in art, visited the Washington Workshop Center of the Arts in 1950 and resolved to paint independently. First one-man exhibition at the Dupont Theatre Gallery, Washington, 1952. Early paintings Abstract Expressionist under the influence of Gorky, de Kooning and Pollock, including experiments with poured paint, heavy impasto and irregularly shaped painting supports. First stripe picture 1958. From 1960 has worked exclusively with uniform hard-edged, top-to-bottom and all over stripes; his works include many wall-sized paintings with several hundred narrow pin-stripes of different colours, creating a colour interplay of great complexity. His exhibitions include a three-man show with Richard Smith and Robert Irwin at the Jewish Museum, New York, 1968. Teaches at the American University in Washington, where he lives.