Lee Davis Debuts New Series Tar & Feather at Grand ArtHaus

Arizona Foothills Magazine
By Nicole Royse Wed., Apr. 5 2017
Marking his debut with a much anticipated solo exhibition, Davis has once again created an intriguing and humorous collection of work that is sure to ignite the imagination!This new satirical series, based on feathered dinosaurs, takes the reluctance of accepting ever-changing scientific discoveries to absurd new height. Davis said that he is, “excited to exhibit the next evolution of my unique painting style, Tar & Feather, a concept that took six years to develop into a mature body of work.” Davis extensively researched his subjects, carefully planned out his diverse work and fine-tuned his marbling technique. [Read in its entirety here]

Artist Spotlight of Lee Davis

Arizona Foothills Magazine
By Nicole Royse Sun., Feb. 28 2015
Meet local artist Lee Davis who creates fascinating and often bizarre paintings, prints, and t-shirts, which echo his love of science and humor. As an artist, Lee Davis aims to create “approachable conceptual art” to engage his audience utilizing bold recognizable imagery, strong lines, and a bold color palette. Davis has a very detailed and wild imagination that is apparent in his diverse and unique body of work. The artist tends to work in series, ranging from carnivorous clock plant hybrids, zombie insects, bioluminescence at abyssal ocean depths, and even orbital space junk. [Read in its entirety here]

Take A Dive Into “Abyss Maul”

Local Revibe
By Nicole Royse Wed., Jun. 4 2014
[excerpt] The Project Room at Eye Lounge is currently featuring the latest series “Abyss Maul” by local conceptual artist Lee Davis. Davis has been a member of Eye Lounge Gallery since February 2012 will conclude his membership after this exhibition. Davis said that the “newest series of experimental paintings ”Abyss Maul” is an experimentation of utilizing spray-paints to complement my style of painting while presenting the creatures from the abyssal depths of the ocean”. With “Abyss Maul”, Davis is able to transport the viewer into an almost Wes Andersen Steve Zissou-type worldview of the ocean with boldly painted creatures filling the intimate gallery space. [Read in its entirety here]

Full Speed Ahead to Lee Davis’ STEAM CHUNK

Yab Yum Magazine
By Nicole Royse Tues., Oct. 1 2013
Mr. Davis’ series centers on the image of a clock, a strong color palette repeated throughout the entire series, bold outlines of forms, and subtly abstracted plants. In his painting “"Quantum Time Zones" we see a beautifully depicted floating clock with aggressive plants growing out of it ominously facing the viewer. He explores a wide variety of clocks and plants throughout the series. One can sense Mr. Davis’s love of science and humor in this new series focusing on the idea of “time." Lee said “time is an axiom but also an abstraction, my goal was to relate time to something visually tangible.” Like with his painting "Primordial Circumstances" which depicts a grandfather clock with cogs and gears behind it and, of course, plants growing from it. Everyone will recognize the clock but they are not expecting to see the plants growing out of it. His paintings are far from quiet and he encourages the audience to examine the paintings closer. [Read in its entirety here]

A Look Inside Phoenix Painter Lee Davis' Art Lab

Phoenix New Times
By Mary Richardson Wed., Jul. 18 2012
Davis describes his illustrative and graphic works as approachable conceptual art: "It's approachable because you can look at it and say, 'Oh hey, it's an octopus with a gun.' Something like that. But then there's actually some depth to it once you actually look into it." His home studio has much of the same elements. The studio space has what is most necessary to achieve his aims: a drawing board, notepads for sketching, paintbrushes, bottles of acrylic paint and massive canvases. An open window catches the northern sunlight, allowing him to either brighten the room by opening the shades or dim it for a softened exposure. [Read in its entirety here]

Weird Science

Phoenix New Times
By Tricia Parker Thursday, Jun 16 2011
Science and art have been natural bedfellows ever since Leonardo da Vinci drew flying machines from his studies of birds, or scribbled up his depictions of human anatomy based on dissections of Renaissance-era cadavers. Valley artist Lee Davis knows this. He welcomes the wacky and wonderful world of science into his head with “Psyentifica,” a solo exhibit of acrylics on canvas and wood blocks. Scientific and psychological theories are represented here, but we may miss the underlying educational explanations because we’re too proud of ourselves for noticing cool details like the chainsaw blade dactyls (or movable claw parts, for you non-scientists) of Davis’s Crab on Acid. Davis’s bold, brave graphics can be deceptive. The back-stories are actually quite complicated in their natural simplicity -- kind of like forward momentum must have seemed to Leonardo back in the 15th century. [Read here]