The information below is just a 'snippet' from my 'art' life. During the years of 1987 to 1994 I painted well over 100 paintings. Many of these made there way into private collections through my gallery representations.
1995 to PRESENT – SELF REPRESENTATION
1995 – 1998 AT HOME GALLERY, SOUTH CAROLINA, MIKE SMITH
1994 – 1999 GALLERIE BONHEUR, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, LAURIE CARMODY
1993 – 1998 TOAD HALL GALLERY (ABC CARPET & HOME), NEW YORK, N.Y., ALAN RANSOME
1988 – 1992 JAY JOHNSON FOLK ART GALLERY, N.Y, N.Y., JAY JOHNSON
1988 – 1995 PORTALS GALLERY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, NANCY & BILL MCILLVANIE
EVENTS & AWARDS
2016 – ‘FANTASTIC FIBERS’, YEISER ART GALLERY, PADUCAH, KENTUCKY,
2015 – ‘CLOSE TO HOME’, PAINTING EXHIBIT, ST. MEINRAD ARCHABBEY LIBRARY GALLERY, ST. MEINRAD, INDIANA
2014 - MID-WINTER ART EXHIBIT, WOMEN’S INSTITUTE & GALLERY, NEW HARMONY, INDIANA
2004 – 2008 – INVITATIONAL BENEFIT PRINT SHOW, NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART
2008 - SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION AWARD OF EXCELLENCE ~ THREE ORIGINAL ART PURSES
2008 - ROBERT KAUFFMAN JURIED TRAVELING EXHIBIT ~ ORIGNAL ART PURSE DESIGN
1995 - OUTSIDERS OUTSDE BENEFIT SHOW – THE CENTER FOR INTUITIVE & OUTSIDER ART – REPRESENTED BY
GALLERIE BONHEUR, 1996, 97, 98. OUTSIDER ART FAIR, SOHO, NEW YORK, NY.
1994 - ‘FOLK ART ACROSS AMERICA CALENDAR’, COUNTY HOME MAGAZINE, HEARST CORPORATION
1991 - SPRING – ART AUCTION ‘FOLK ART ON THE HUDSON’ ‘AIDS BENEFIT IN MEMORY OF JAY JOHNSON
Rita Hicks Davis Artist Statement
Born – Nova Scotia – Canada
Resided in Southern Indiana From 1985 to Present.
Starting from the age of six, I explored and produced drawings, hooked rugs, appliqued quilts, tie-dye, screen print, batik, art garments, willow strip baskets, and painted furniture to name just a few, never settling on one art or craft.
In 1987 I created my first eight paintings even though I had no prior 'formal' education in Art. I approached the medium in a raw and unconventional manner, imagining the complete painting as it came to me in a 'vision', and did not sketch them out beforehand. Hence, my work was categorized as 'naive', and quickly found myself in the 'Folk Art' world.
Jay Johnson of Jay Johnson America’s Folk Heritage Gallery in New York City was one of my earliest mentors and representative, and he was instrumental to my early success.
Before Jay Johnson there was Nancy and Bill McIlvanie of Portals Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, who appreciated my paintings upon first sight.
Through them, my work found it’s way into many private collections, and I gradually developed a following. The McIlvanie’s decided that I should be labeled a ‘Sophisticated Naif’ Folk artist, in other words, I wasn’t quite what you would consider being an ‘Outsider’ artist, but I was an untrained or naïve painter that had had an education.
Another important person in my art-life was Laurie Carmody of the ‘Gallerie Bonheur’ in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the years Laurie Carmody vigorously promoted my paintings, hooked rugs, and other various artworks.
Laurie Carmody had a special eye for untrained artists, and she specialized in ‘raw’ work. She showed my artwork in exhibitions and shows from Connecticut to New York, to Chicago, as well as in the South and the Midwest.
Others that promoted my work include Mike Smith ‘At Home Gallery’, North Carolina. Ruebens Telles at Jay Johnson Gallery. And, last but not least Alan Ransome ‘Toad Hall’ at ABC Carpet & Home – NYC.
In the late eighty’s and early ninety’s a few of the aforementioned galleries included my paintings in the magazine publication the ‘Clarion’ that later became ‘Folk Art’, from the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City. Ads that featured my paintings appeared both inside the magazine and on the backside cover.
In 1994, Country Living Magazine publication produced a 'Folk Art Calendar' of which I am represented for the month of November with one of my paintings and a short biography.
Today I am both a painter and a fiber artist working from at home in southern Indiana along with my cat Minnie, and my artist husband, Robin Brent Davis.
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