Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.

Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
'Where the sun refuses to Shine’ Oil on canvas 2012 (Appalachian Ballad Series).
An Interview with Julyan Davis.


Who and where are you from?

I was born and raised in England. I studied printmaking at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.

How you got into this
I always knew I was going to be a painter. An interest in the music, literature and history of the American South brought me here. A three month trip turned into thirty years.

What is your driving force?

I paint to communicate. I’ve always had a realist’s interest in drawing attention to the beauty that can be found in places and subjects most people dismiss as ugly. I have never felt at home in any one place but rather hope to follow my grandfather’s observation- that an artist is a citizen of the world. Living in the South, I finally learned to think like an outsider artist. Don’t paint for the art world, paint for your fellow man.

What kind of work you do and why?

I paint in oils. My work is currently divided into three genres:

I record architecture, full of history, that is vanishing or disappearing due to neglect or gentrification. 

I paint pure landscape, seeking to find something of the expressive force of the Romantic painters; Friedrich, Turner and the like. I love to walk and be in nature. Painting outside is a joy.

Lastly, I paint large-scale narrative paintings that find stories in America’s lost histories, music and folklore that symbolically speak to the present. These series are painted to tour museums and non-profit spaces, and are accompanied by lectures and performances. I love discovering this subject matter and sharing with the public how it speaks to my imagination. I feel like an archaeologist, revealing to the public what lies all around them.

The varied genres, as the images hopefully show, are connected by a single mood. There has always been a gentle, but cautious, evolution towards the painterly in my work. Turner’s path towards light alone makes complete sense to me, but my subject matter demands a balance I continue to seek.

Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
Swollen Creek Oil on canvas 2002.
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
Corner Store, Montford Oil on canvas 2006.
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘To Grow in the Sick Tree’s Path’ 2015 (Appalachian Ballad series).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘The Unquiet Grave’ 2016 Oil on canvas (Appalachian Ballad Series).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘Her first task’ (Oil on canvas Demopolis series- Napoleonic exiles in America).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘In the days to come' Oil on canvas 2015 (Southwest Ballad series).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘What makes you sleep so sound’ 2012 (Appalachian Ballad series).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
‘Your cage shall be of beaten gold’ Oil on canvas 2012 (Appalachian Ballad Series).
Paintings by Julyan Davis from England.
Abandoned Mansion, Greensboro, Alabama Oil on canvas 2006.
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