Gene Davis Catalogue
Gene Davis
Biography
1920
Born in Washington, D.C.
1939
Studied the liberal arts at the Maryland University, Baltimore through 1942.
Became a sports reporter for the Washington Daily News.
1943
Attended Wilson Teachers College, Washington, D.C.
1945
At age 25, became a White House correspondent for Transradio Press.
1949
Created his first painting, Composition I, while still working as a journalist. Initially, Davis was influenced by Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet, as well as the Abstract Expressionist artists, especially Gorky, Pollock, and de Kooning.
1950
Visited the Washington Workshop Center of the Arts, where Washington artist, Jacob Kainen, taught.
1952
First solo exhibition held at Dupont Theater Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1958
Began to work on stripe paintings, and after 1960 worked exclusively with uniform hard-edged all over stripe compositions.
1963
First solo show in New York at the Poindexter Gallery.
1965
Awarded a Bronze Medal for Painting, Biennial Exhibition of American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
1967
Received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Began teaching at the Corcoran Gallery Art School.
1969
Received a commission for a 60-foot mural for South Mall Project, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York.
1972
Received a commission for a 414-foot painting, Franklin's Footpath, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1974
Awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
1980
Received a commission for a street painting, Niagara, at ARTPARK, Lewiston, New York.
1984
Appointed as commissioner of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1985
Died on April 6 at age 64 in Washington, D.C.
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