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'CONJURED GHOSTS' A solo exhibition of new oil paintings by Julyan Davis
Opening reception Friday April 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: April 24, to June 21, 2015
Julyan Davis is a British-born artist who has painted the South for 25 years. This exhibition brings together new landscapes of North Carolina and figurative studies from his traveling museum exhibit of murder ballad paintings.
Read more about Julyan Davis's Murder Ballad paintings
currently at the Spartanburg Art Museuem.
'And The Stars Fell' is an interview with Julyan Davis by Deanna Elaine Piowaty
Read more here.
Deborah Walden, wrote this profile published in the Nashville Arts Magazine
This new exhibition at Eno Gallery is titled 'Conjured Ghosts.' It's an extraordinary collection of new work that we are honored to bring to Eno Gallery.
Julyan Davis explains where the theme originated: "The phrase 'Conjured Ghosts' came to mind after I began the Murder Ballad series. My paintings before, of empty streets or abandoned buildings, often evoked for the viewer a human presence or narrative: someone has just left the scene, or some critical event is imminent. I explained in an interview that, in the ballad paintings, those figures had finally arrived."
The girl looks out of a broken window. What is she thinking?
"In Albion's Seed,'Four British folkways in America', David Hackett Fischer talks about 'nescient fatalism', a fatalism without foreknowledge, shared by backcountry people. He adds: 'One is occasionally tempted to abandon the role of historian and to frame what social scientists call a theory. Whenever a culture exists for many generations in chronic insecurity, it develops an ethic that exalts war above work, force above reason, and men above women."
"This pattern developed on the borders of North Britain, and was carried to the American backcountry, where it was reinforced by a hostile environment and tempered by evangelical Christianity. The result was a distinctive system of gender roles that continues to flourish even in our own times."
"This character accepts her lot. Beauty and melancholy exist together. These are qualities I seek in my views of the South, populated or empty."
"Twenty-five years ago, as a struggling young artist just arrived in America, I wrote a poem about Van Gogh. Looking back at this, I found the source of Conjured Ghosts. It's clear I was a fan of the doomed workaholic, and filled with that keen empathy which invariably springs from self-pity, but my subject was also about how the dead, even more than the living, remain the peers we artists call on, and the competition we strive against."
He cannot be reverent enough
Of his Dutch forbears, or all those adept
Dead men scattered so capriciously
Across the Old World and the years.
Canvas after canvas, he sets
His hopes against the burning landscape
He has found, applies his brush and offers
Up their names like prayers.
The race is not over yet, but all
His conjured ghosts are far behind
And weary with the pace.
- - Julyan Davis
This show also give a nod to those other Ghosts - the painters who have so much influenced Julyan Davis' work- the symbolists, Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Hopper and the Ashcan school.
Eno Gallery Artists exhibiting in the main gallery
Molly Cliff Hilts
Nancy Tuttle May
Alberto Ortega Rodas
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