Lisa Corinne Davis
Professor of Art Painting & Combined Media
"Lisa Corinne Davis' paintings occupy a point somewhere between cartooning and cartography, abstraction and figuration. Her carefully articulated images are oddly familiar but essentially ephemeral, visually resonant but also deliberately enigmatic. Davis’ subject has always been the exploration of racial, social, and psychological identity. She has developed her own vocabulary for rendering the world, a lexicon that expresses her personal experience as an African-American woman in the 21st Century, and, by extension, that of an individual in modern society. While subtly avoiding the clichés of special identity politics—if anything, challenging them—Davis provides the viewer with an evocative visual code for deciphering his own environment. The resulting pieces are a bit like Rorschach tests: their meaning is in the eye of the beholder. The spectator completes the loop, projecting his or her subjective reality onto the images: art by free (or maybe not so free) association." (P. Hoban)
Davis received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited nationally including exhibitions at June Kelly Gallery, Marlborough Gallery, Spanierman Modern, the Bronx Musuem, and Von Lintel Gallery. She is currently represented by the Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. Her work is included in many collections, including that of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Davis’s work has been reviewed in Art News, Art in America and The New York Times, to name a few. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships. Her creative work is included in the book, “100 New York Painters”, and her academic practice in “100 Creative Drawing Ideas.” Before joining the faculty at Hunter College in 2002, Davis taught at the Parsons School of Design, the Cooper Union School of Art, and the Yale University School of Art.