Ocean Galleries to feature Brian Davis florals

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“Purple Irises” by Brian Davis “Purple Irises” by Brian Davis

Ocean Galleries will kick off the summer Memorial Day weekend with guest artist Brian Davis, who will be in Stone Harbor with a collection of his lifelike floral paintings.

The exhibition, “Flowers of Light,” runs Friday through Monday, May 25-28 at Ocean Galleries, 9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, with the artist scheduled to appear at receptions 7-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Davis’ primary subjects are florals. He transforms roses, calla lilies and dahlias into romantic, compelling images with sharpness, color, movement, edge, and light. His work hangs in the Los Angeles Museum of Art, Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., and the Laguna Beach and Long Beach museums of art, and his fans include Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Henry Winkler and the Ford family, according to a press release.

A native Californian, Davis began experimenting with photography at a young age.  Formally educated in Fine Art at Pierce College and California State University (Los Angeles), Davis was influenced by the Dutch masters, along with the artists of the art nouveau and art deco eras.

He begins a painting with the darkest shades of colors, representing the background, and proceeds to bring layer upon layer of colors forward to achieve the three-dimensional quality of his technique, known as value painting.

"My art, like all art, is, at its core, a form of communication that is not easily translated into words. Good art transcends words," the artist said.

Ocean Galleries owner Kim Miller described Davis’ paintings as breathtaking.

“The flowers pop off the canvas, grab the attention of the viewer, and come to life from the detailed subtleties of light and motion,” Miller said.

Anyone purchasing original or limited edition artwork by Davis during the weekend exhibition will receive a an 8-by-10 rose giclée on canvas hand-signed by Davis. His artwork will remain on display through Monday, June 25, 2012.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, with extended hours for the show. For information or directions call 609-368-7777 or see www.oceangalleries.com

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“Twelve Tulips in a Vase” by Brian Davis “Twelve Tulips in a Vase” by Brian Davis

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