The sailboats and bays of Cape Cod enliven the art of William R. Davis, who is being honored with a museum retrospective.
The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts, has recently unveiled a solo exhibition for established landscape and marine painter William R. Davis (b. 1952). A local of the area, Davis has gained a national reputation for his luminous depictions of earth and sky.
William R. Davis, “Island Steamboat ‘Nantucket’,” 2007, oil on canvas, 30 x 50 in.
“William R. Davis: Personal Reflections: A Retrospective Collection” is on view now and continues through August 3. On July 10 visitors to the gallery will enjoy a reception from 5:30-7 p.m.
William R. Davis, “Quechee Morning Glories,” 1996, oil on canvas, 10 x 16 in.
William R. Davis, “Auction Day at Robert C. Eldred’s,” 2013, oil on panel, 12 x 16 in.
This retrospective displays paintings produced by Davis over the last 35 years. A professional painter since 1982, Davis has become widely known for his marine paintings and coastal landscapes. The present exhibition also demonstrates the artist’s facility with floral and trompe l’eoil still lifes and mountain landscapes. Earlier studio works will hang with paintings done en plein air, a more recent venture for Davis.
William R. Davis, “Schooner Shenandoah Passing Edgartown Light,” 2005, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
William R. Davis, “Chocorua Sunset,” 2009, oil on panel, 18 x 36 in.
Davis is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists and a member of the Guild of Boston Artists. His paintings have been shown across the country and will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at Collins Galleries in Orleans, another Cape Cod art institution.
To learn more, visit the Cape Cod Museum of Art online.