Opening Reception: Friday, November 3rd 2017
5pm-Late | Through Dec 30th
Featured image: “A Mission of Mercy” by Mike Davis | 14.5″ x 23.5” | Oil on Panel | 2017
Mike Davis is a modern surrealist painter, who currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Possessing a multi-faceted set of interests, Davis began painting in 1997, and attributes much of his inspiration to watching his mother pursue craft projects during his childhood, and immersing himself in art history throughout his career. From helping his mother with activities ranging from woodworking, hand-tooling leather, and remodeling the family’s home, to engaging with ancient art and Netherlandish painting from the Northern Renaissance, Davis is a self-taught painter, who continues to render complex paintings of surrealist life, embedded with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris, fixated within whimsical compositions.
In addition to painting, Mike Davis is a musician and woodworker as well the owner of a internationally-renowned tattoo shop, Everlasting Tattoo. His paintings and tattoo art have been featured in many publications, such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Ltd, Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo and several high traffic art blogs. Davis has tattooed an extensive list of international and celebrity clientele, and is featured in a number of prestigious private art collections located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe.