Jess Davies

Jess Davies is an emerging Devon artist, who originally trained in theatre design. A few years ago she turned to painting, and in 2009 found her way to printmaking, an unexpected but very fruitful direction.

Jess makes images around what might be called ‘traces on the land’. Many of her pieces are very simple images describing a dramatic point where the natural landscape is interrupted and marked by a symbol of human activity: hedgelines, pylons, fences, roads, standing stones. People often remark on an almost visceral response to earth and space in Jess’s work.

Jess strives for an aesthetic of mark-making in her images that create a kind of tension on the surface of the work, interrupting flow of shape and colour. Although simple and impressionistic, her work is characterised by strong observational drawing. She looks to Antonio Tapies, Douglas Swan, and Ralph Hotere as inspirators.

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