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This is a superb original signed and numbered limited
edition drypoint by internationally acclaimed artist RONALD DAVIS (American, b. 1937), dated 1980.
This rare original drypoint is entitled “Drypoint Epsilon” (RD80-3021), and dates from 1980. It is signed
by the artist on the front lower center “Ronald Davis” and dated “1980”. It is
also numbered in pencil on the front lower left “AP IV”, from the total Artist’s
Proof limited edition of only 6 impressions (the regular numbered edition was
25). It was published by Gemini GEL and bears their embossed blindstamp on the
front lower right. It measures 9” x 13 ½” (sheet), 3” x 7” (image) and is
framed in a custom made wood frame for a total size of 11” x 16 ½”. It is in
good condition aside from the tape hinges showing through on the upper two
corners. PROVENANCE: Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California; their original label affixed to the frame verso. CATALOGUE REFERENCE:
Catalogue Raisonne number 13.28, Gemini GEL number RD80-3021. Authenticity is GUARANTEED. This drypoint currently
sells at Gemini GEL for $600. unframed. Please scroll down on the item
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Ronald Davis was born in Santa Monica,
California, in 1937. He spent most of his
youth in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
After a year and a half in the engineering program at the University
of Wyoming, his diverse interests
directed him toward several careers, including racecar driving and radio
announcing. In 1959 Davis entered
the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated from there in 1964. At that time,
Bay Area interest in abstract expressionism was high, and Davis's
admiration for the expansive abstractions of Clyfford Still is evident in his
early canvases. In 1965 Davis moved
to Pasadena and had his first one-man
show at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles.
In his monochromatic shaped canvases of this period Davis
examined issues of spatial illusion and two-dimensionality. Interested in
drawing systems and new materials, he expressed in his art ideas about
paintings as objects and, in the late 1960's, sought a harder and smoother
surface on which to develop them. Experimenting with plastics, he began working
with resin and fiberglass, which offered great coloristic potential. By 1972 Davis
adopted a rectangular format, using canvas and acrylic paints. By the end of
the decade the artist was exploring computer-generated imagery. He currently
maintains a studio in Malibu. Davis
had one-man exhibitions at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles from the
mid-1960's through the 1970's and was represented in New York by the Leo
Castelli Gallery from 1968-75. He has been with the BlumHelman Gallery in New
York since 1979. The PasadenaArt Museum organized a one-man
exhibition of his work in 1971, and a major retrospective was held at the OaklandMuseum in 1976. More recently,
shows have been organized at PepperdineUniversity, Malibu
(1979), and San DiegoStateUniversity (1980).
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