Known as one of the best marine painters active today, William R. Davis, Jr. shines with his depictions of serene light. Mr. Davis is a self taught artist from Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Employing many of the techniques used by the American Luminists, his work captures the serene light found during sunrise and sunset. His paintings reflect his interest in 19th century subjects of tall ships and a by-gone era. Bill had his first show at Richard Bourne Company 1983 along with an artist friend Elizabeth Mumford. The show was well received and attended by Lee Remick and Jackie Onasiss. This was the beginning of a very long list of shows all over the country.

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William R. Davis, Jr

William R. Davis has a national reputation as one of the best marine artists presently working in the United States. Mr. Davis grew up in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He is a self-taught artist whose oil paintings typically capture the serene light of sunrise or sunset on the water. He employs many of the techniques traditionally used by American luminosity painters to realize his personal vision, showing a marked preference for 19th century subjects. Bill had his first show at Richard Bourne Company 1983 along with an artist friend Elizabeth Mumford. The show was well received and attended by Lee Remick and Jackie Onasiss. This was the beginning of a very long list of shows all over the country.

In 1987, Davis made history with the first one artist show ever mounted at the prestigious Mystic Maritime Gallery in Mystic, Connecticut. All twenty of the works featured in that show were sold at the opening reception. In 1990 he received the Mystic Maritime Gallery Award of Excellence and his painting entitled “Calm Day off Latimer’s Reef” appeared on the cover of Mystic’s The Art of the Sea Calendar in 1993. Three of his paintings were also used in Shipwrecks Around Boston by noted Cape Cod author, William P. Quinn. Rockport Publishers has included Boston Harbor at Sunset in a new book entitled, A Gallery of Marine Art. He has also been included in the latest edition of E.H.H. Archibald’s authoritative volume on Marine Art from the Flemish masters to the present.

Davis has shifted in the last few years to painting more landscapes on location. In the process, he has converted to plein air painting, partly influenced by his friendship with artists Joseph McGurl and Donald Demers. During 1998 the three friends painted together in various locations all over New England. The result of their efforts was a show entitled ‘The New American Luminists Revisit the Native Landscape’ held at Tree’s Place in Orleans, Massachusetts.

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2009

Helena Fox Fine Art, The Siren Call of the Sea and Shore, Group Exhibition with K. Backhaus / J.Budicin / W.R.Davis / D.Demers / W.Fraser / W. McCullough /J. McGurl / B. O’Donnell / K. Ullberg, Charleston, SC, November

2008

American Society of Marine Artists, “30th Anniversary Exhibition”

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL ” Group Maritime Show”

Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Observations in Nature”

St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA “Members Exhibit”

Mystic Seaport Gallery, Mystic, CT “International Show”

Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Small Works Holiday Exhibition”

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT. “Modern Marine Masters”

2007

Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT ” Modern Marine Masters”
Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Where We are in America: From Sea to Shining Sea”

Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Twilight and Reverie” August 4

2006

Copley Society, Boston, Ma “Patrons Choice Show”

Banks Gallery, Portsmouth, NH ” Visions in Granite” show catalog cover, March

The Bank s Gallery, Portsmouth, NH “Isles of Shoals” July

Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “One Man Show” July 29th

Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Small Wonders Holiday Exhibition”
St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA “One Man Show”

2005

Hammer gallery, New York “gallery contemporary artists selected works”
Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery, Mystic, CT “26th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition” September 24
Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Marine and Coastal Art” July 30
Christina Gallery, Edgartown, MA “Two Man Show” July 26

Meghan Candler Gallery, Vero Beach, FL “Marine Exhibit” February
American Yacht Club, NY Group Show
Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA “Group Show” June 25
Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, MA “Small Wonders Holiday Exhibitions”

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