PAUL DAVIES Hollywood Stills 23rd June - 16th July 2016
The work of Australian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Paul Davies is driven by friction between opposing forces of built and natural environments, design and art, abstraction and figuration. These boundaries and relationships are illustrated through Davies’ process, which combines painting, stenciling, photography and sculpture.
Hollywood Stills content derives from Davies’ archive of photographs that document quintessentially Southern Californian buildings and natural environments portrayed in popular culture. Central to Davies’ process is the use of hand-cut stencils, based in turn on the artist’s own digital photographs, to create a collage and repeat in various combinations using paint onto the canvas. This method on one hand looks at formal aspects of painting, while on the other observes the various potential readings of a seemingly single perspective.