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Gene Davis: Paintings and Drawings from the Estate of the Artist
at Marsha Mateyka Gallery
by Amanda Lineweber



Homage to Newman, 1979
acrylic on canvas
45 3/4 x 33 3/4"

Untitled, 1967
magna on canvas
98 x 91 3/4"

Gene Davis, one of DC's most famous artistic natives, was as devoted to his stripes as he was to the District. This month, Marsha Mateyka Gallery is devoted to his lines of color as well, showing seven drawings and eight canvases at the gallery in Dupont Circle.

If you're interested in owning one of these pieces from Davis' estate, you should make sure to visit soon as the show has already sold well. The pieces on display cover Davis' full career, from 1951 to 1985, and style range: the early Untitled (P565) from 1959, sweet and small with quiet blue, white, and yellow stripes, hangs around the corner from Untitled (P280) of 1967, made with bolder colors in the style of Davis' most famous work. One of the loveliest works, Untitled (P38) from 1982, brings back the pastel shades of Untitled (P565) in a larger, more complex format. The piece doesn't photograph well, and deserves to be seen in person. It was Davis' amazing sense of color that makes each piece unique and memorable, despite the abundance of his work.

The gallery also has seven of Davis' drawings on display. These pieces present more freeform squares, rectangles, and polygons. While they aren't sketches, they are more intimate and relaxed than Davis' paintings. The drawings present a wonderful option for a collector who would like to own one of his works at a lower price bracket.

The gallery also has seven of Davis' drawings on display. These pieces present more freeform squares, rectangles, and polygons. While they aren't sketches, they are more intimate and relaxed than Davis' paintings. The drawings present a wonderful option for a collector who would like to own one of his works at a lower price bracket.

Amanda Lineweber