Lee Davis is a Phoenix based artist that interprets the subject of the sciences with bold, humorous, and thought provoking paintings. Lee's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with many pieces in private collections. His work is currently displayed in the Phoenix, AZ and Asheville, NC areas. He is also the owner of CrabSaw.com, a prints and apparel site based off his artwork.
Lee Davis’ work can best be described as approachable conceptual art, with the subject matter being scientific, thought provoking, and humorous. In this day and age artists must contend with many distractions, like the Internet and its devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops. Lee attempts to pry the viewers’ attention toward his work by deliberately using bold iconographic imagery with slight comical abstractions or absurdities to initiate a 'double take'. Once a response is established the viewer can reflect that they did indeed see a peculiarity — for example, a crab with chainsaw claws or an octopus holding a pistol. The simplicity of his imagery allows the viewer to create his or her own concept of the piece regardless of what the artist had intended to invoke. At the root, this is how he measures the effectiveness of his work; approachable conceptual art.
Lee has found science to be an incredibly rich catalyst for his creativity. Inspiration comes from reading and expanding his knowledge of the disciplines’ many channels. By analyzing the scientific articles he has read he creates imagery to reflect a piece, a part, a whole, or perhaps an implication of the subject, discovery, or theory. Science perpetually finds new or revamps existing ideas. Lee finds this dynamism to be the perfect stimulus for his work.
Growing up on ten acres in rural Missouri Lee developed an appreciation for flora and fauna and the habitats they reside in. His parents encouraged inquisitiveness and creativity at an early age. They talked him out of becoming a Paleontologist because of the poor salary prospects. So he went to college to study the arts.