Carolina Galleries presents artist Julyan Davis: New Paintings of the South, September 3rd through 30th. This body of work explores the mystery of the South, its landscapes and streetscapes, abandoned mansions and haunting interiors. Davis’ new show documents the bygone structures of the Antebellum South and provides glimpses into the grandeur and majesty of Southern history and culture.
Join Carolina Galleries for the opening of his new show, Friday, September 4th from 5-8 pm. Meet the artist & enjoy libations with one of the South’s premier landscape artists. Davis, a British-born, Southern convert, attended university at Byam Shaw School of Art in London. In 1988, having completed his B.A. in painting and printmaking, he traveled to the South on a painting trip that was also fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles. He explored the rural areas of Alabama especially, and after settling permanently in Asheville’s Montford district he has become known for his landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry, Georgia, Western North Carolina and Alabama. His work is in many private and public collections across the United States and United Kingdom, including recent acquisitions by the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Western Residence and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. In 2009 he has had shows in Bath, England and Portland, Maine in addition to Asheville, NC and Charleston.
Carolina Galleries will also feature 19th and 20th Century Southern art including work of the Charleston Renaissance by Alfred Hutty, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, William Aiken Walker, William Halsey, Elizabeth White, Birge Harrison, and Benjamin Franklin Reinhart. Our contemporary artists are carefully selected to compliment the 19th and 20th Century Southern aesthetic: Stephen Chelsey, Craig Crawford, Gary Grier, Johnson Hagood, Chestee Harrington, Philip Juras, Tom McNickle, Margaret M. Peery, Philip Smallwood, Mickey Williams, Evan Wilson and Stephen Scott Young.