George B. Davison

shaman

Artist Statement

Cave paintings and ancient amulets were crafted to bring good fortune to their creators. Each a symbol of the human spirit and endeavor. Ancient artists portrayed the human form in simple abstract fashion. Though minimal in their design they had a powerful visual impact. Venus figures of ancient Europe conveyed fertility, mummified pharaohs promised the riches of the afterlife. Native American Kachinas portray characters in the mythology of the pueblo world view. Currently in our modern day culture few things exist with the inherent power of these ancient human symbols.

 With each piece in the “Spirit Shadows”,exhibit I have used a primal human form. I think of it as the control in an experiment. The form remains constant and operates as a visual foundation for each artwork. Continuity and a common use of materials creates a calming effect, allowing the viewer a more intimate, possibly primal experience. My goal is to loosen genetic memory, initiating a deja vu experience. I have included visual language and text. As an artist I take every opportunity to describe, cajole, insinuate, or lead the viewer to certain paths or conclusions. Historically artist were limited to the title of a work of art to convey content and context.

Each day we deal with the human experience, we have common thoughts goals and desires. Some turn to religion others to creative endeavors. This exhibit is about common spirituality. I use many symbols in my artwork to convey a sense of history, time and culture. I have always been drawn to indigenous art for its connection to mother earth, purity and the natural world.

Biography

George received a bachelors of fine arts from NY College of Ceramics at Alfred University, with an honors degree in Ceramics.  He received his MFA from Illinois State University and in 2002 was a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar (Japan).  He has taught at St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY; Hampton University, Hampton, VA; Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Wheatley Heights, NY; Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT and White Plains High School, White Plains, NY.

 

Davison’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and is in such prestigious permanent collections as Illinois State University, C.V.A. Gallery; Alfred University, Glory Hole Collection, Alfred, NY; and Conservator Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri.