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Harold Christopher Davies (American, 1891-1976), Untitled, oil and charcoal on paper, stamped with the artist's signature

Harold Christopher Davies (American, 1891-1976), Untitled, oil and charcoal on paper, stamped with the artist's signature

Item Description:

Signed lower right, the sheet blindstamped lower right, framed


Some toning/yellowing to edges of paper. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


The artist's estate with The Hoover Gallery, San Francisco (Hoover Gallery stamp on the backing board paper on the reverse)

Private collection, Stanford, Connecticut


Sight: Height 18 in. x Width 24 in.

Frame: Height 25 in. x WIdth 31 in.

About The Artist:

Though Harold Christopher Davies was born on the west coast in Seattle, Washington, the Davies family moved to multiple cities on the east coast before finally settling in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Davies took little interest in formal education and did not complete high school. Instead, he educated himself at a local library. In 1905, Davies attended the Corcoran Art Institute in Washington, D.C. where he was mentored by well-known Washington artist Edmund C. Messer. After four years of study at Corcoran, Davies moved to Fresno, California. His continued studies in art were interrupted by World War I where he served as a lieutenant before moving to San Francisco, California to enroll at the California School of Fine Arts. He exhibited multiple times at the San Francisco Art Association's annual exhibitions and once at the Oakland Art League annual exhibition while working various industrial jobs during the day.

From the 1940s, Davies moved throughout the United States, exhibiting his work at local galleries and museums. Most notably in 1957, Davies moved to East Hampton, Long Island, where he met artists Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Lee Krasner. In 1969, he settled in Inverness, California where he remained until his death. In 1976, Davies, then almost 85, was honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Fresno Art Center in Fresno, California.

Like the artists he met in East Hampton, Davies was an Abstract Expressionist. Abstract Expressionists valued spontaneous processes and rejected accepted techniques and subject matter. Unlike Gottlieb, Kline, de Kooning, and Krasner however, Davies did not earn his living through art. He eventually came to own a chemical company. Though he was widely exhibited, he believed that fame negatively affected an artist's creative process.

This untitled work by Davies is stylistically similar to those of his Hunstville, Alabama series. Davies lived in Huntsville from 1945 to 1957. The present work is an all-over, abstract composition highlighted by gestural strokes and dabs of white, pink, red, and yellow paint. To create a visual path for the viewer, Davies uses black charcoal to outline discrete shapes and connect disparate passages in the composition.


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