“I paint for storytellers- novelists, songwriters, poets. I also paint for those who love history. There has always been a narrative thread in my work. Even when a scene was notably empty of incident, I have strived for a sense that something vital happened here, or that something will”.
Julyan Davis is an English-born artist who has painted the American South for over twenty five years. He received his art training at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles.
Davis now lives in Asheville, North Carolina. His work is exhibited internationally, and is in many public and private collections. Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina), the Morris Museum (Augusta, GA) and the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Western Residence. His newest work, interpreting traditional American ballads through the contemporary South, has been touring museums with accompanying lectures and musical performances.
2015 Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, SC.
2014 Myrtle Beach Museum of Art, SC
2013 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA.
2012 Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, SC.
2012 Hickory Museum of Art (group show)
2012 Helena Fox Fine Art, Charleston, SC.
2011 The Bascom Art Museum, Highlands, NC.
2009 Scope Art Fair, Miami/Amsterdam/London
2009 Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, TN
2009 Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine.
2009 Art London, London, UK.
2008 Mauger Modern Art, Bath, UK
2007 Carolina Galleries, Charleston, SC.
2007 Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2004 John Tucker Fine Art, Savannah, GA.
2001 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
1998 Francis Kyle Gallery, London.
1997 Entergy Building, New Orleans, LA.
1995 First Street Gallery, New York, NY.
1995 Atlantic Gallery, Washington, DC.
1994 Mistral Gallery, London.
1993 Gadsden Arts Center, Gadsden, AL.
1988 Poole Art Center, Poole, Dorset.
1984-1985 Filton College, Bristol. (Art Foundation Course)
1985-1988 Byam Shaw School of Art, London. (B.A. Painting and Printmaking)
Greenville County Museum of Art, SC.
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC.
Morris Museum, Augusta, GA.
Governor’s Mansion, Raleigh, NC
The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC
B.F. Goodrich Corp. Charlotte, NC.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Monument, Birmingham, AL.
Banker’s Club, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Skyline Club, Indianapolis, IN.
Retirement Systems of Alabama, Montgomery, AL.
Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL.
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL.
Samford University, Birmingham, AL.
Bascom Fine Art Center, Highlands, NC.
Byam Shaw Permanent Collection, London.
National Bank of Commerce.
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