Derek Davis


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    Derek Davis


    Oil 14 x 11

    Night out by Derek Davis was selected as a Finalist in the May 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.




    (b. 1963) Abstract Realist

    (1968-1973) Father's studio, drawing instruction with Orlin Helgoe, (1983) drawing studies begin, (1993) painting studies begin in watercolor, (2003) painting studies begin in oil paint.

    Derek is a professional fine art painter. He who was exposed to the artistic passion by both his Father and Mother who were artists. 


    His intention with each piece is to seek out the poetry of the moment and create a realistic impression, dynamically composed and expressively painted that honors the ultimate creative power of God.


    With no other personal instruction in visual art since childhood, Derek he has been led through a regime of study. Beginning with the fundamentals of drawing, leading to composition, design, application, progressing to communication of meaning.


    Following the process of study, goal setting, practice, and analysis, Derek pushes paint with humility and continues to evolve. 


                                    " I have been led down this path by God and I paint every piece as expression of gratitude..."  


    Derek is a former president and vice-president of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.                                                                                                                                                                   


    Selected Painting Awards:

    • Best of Show, Redwing, MN. Plein Air Winter Event 2011
    • Honorable Mention, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2011
    • Peoples' Choice Award, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2011
    • Finalist, BoldBrush International Competition, Sept. 2012
    • Judges Award, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2012
    • Honorable Mention, Cedarburg, WI. Plein Air 2013
    • Best Nocturne, Durand, WI. Plein Air 2013
    • Best of Show / Depot Award, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2013
    • 2nd Place Award, Aitkin, MN. Plein Air 2013
    • Best of Show / Grand Prize, Livingston, MT. Plein Air 2013
    • Poster Award, Livingston, MT. Plein Air 2013
    • 1st Place / Best of Show, Port Washington, WI. Paint Out 2013
    • Honorable Mention, Grand Marais, MN. Plein Air 2013
    • 1st Place Quick Paint, Shorewood, WI. Plein Air 2013
    • Best of Show, Plymouth, WI. Plein Air 2013
    • Honorable Mention, Emerging Plein Air Artists Spring 2014
    • Media Award, St. Paul Art Crawl Spring 2014
    • Finalist, BoldBrush International Competition, Feb. 2014
    • Artists Choice Award, Paint the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. 2014
    • Leslie Allen Award, Paint the Rockies, Estes Park, CO. 2014
    • Judge's Award, Lowertown Art Show, St. Paul, MN. 2014
    • 3rd Place, Cedarburg Plein Air, Cedarburg, WI. 2015
    • Honorable Mention, Duluth Plein Air, Duluth, MN. 2015
    • Juried Artist, American Impressionist Society Annual National Show, 2015
    • Best of Show, Go Paint - Durand, WI. Plein Air, 2016
    • 3rd Place, Milwaukee Museum Mile Plein Air 2016
    • Honorable Mention, Cedarburg Plein Air 2016
    • 3rd Place, Redwing Plein Air 2016
    • Best of Show, Go Paint, Chippewa River Valley WI. 2017
    • Best Quick Paint, Go Paint, Chippewa River Valley WI. 2017
    • Honorable Mention, Cedarburg, WI. Plein Air 2017
    • Best Quick Paint, Cedarburg WI. Plein Air 2017
    • Spirit of Redwing Award, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2017
    • 2nd Place, Redwing, MN. Plein Air 2018
    • Best Quick Paint, Go Paint, Eau Clare, WI. Plein Air 2019
    • Dan Guida Best of Show Award, Redwing, MN. 2019

    Corporate Collections

    Veritas Financial


    Private Collections

    • William Randolph Hearst Family Collection
    • Houle / Nasseff Family Collection 


    Selected Shows: 

    •  "Mostly Landscapes", The AZ Gallery, Solo Show  2007
    • "Living in Hope", Hope Lodge Gallery of Art, Solo Show 2013
    • "Painterly Landscapes", Crossings at Carnegie,  Derek Davis and Richard Abraham  2013
    • "Life at the Pace of Pigment", Frameworks Gallery, Derek Davis and Tom McGregor  2013
    • "Path of a Plein Air Painter", The Edge Center for the Arts, Solo Show 2013
    • "Poetry in Landscape, Working from Life", The AZ Gallery, Solo Show 2015
    • "Paintings From Life", Ripple River Gallery, Solo Show 2017
    • "The Nature of Trees", Grand Hill Gallery, Derek Davis and Bernie Anderson 2018


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