Damon Davis: Negrophilia

Damon Davis
February 16-May 11, 2019

Gallery 210 is pleased to present Damon Davis: Negrophilia a series of mixed media drawings by trans-media American artist Damon Davis. Well known for his “All Hands-on Deck” and his film “Whose Streets”, Negrophilia is a personal body of work about trauma and triumph. It is his personal meditative and therapeutic tool for dealing with the constant stress, the obsessive, and grotesque fascination with Black death that is in American culture. Negrophilia address intrusiveness of looking at Black people dying in real time and the effects on both the oppressor and the oppressed psyche.

Damon Davis is a St. Louis-based artist whose work addresses social issues and spans a range of mediums. His artwork reveals his unbridled vision and masterful ability to create timely, candid moments through illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art.

Education: St. Louis University BA Communication Tech; St. Louis Regional Arts Commission, CAT Graduate

Exhibitions/Awards: 015 Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of Black Imagination, Schomburg Center, Harlem, NY; RESPOND, Smack Mellon, New York, NY; Counterpublic, The Luminary, St. Louis, MO; All Rise, Princeton University; Manifest Justice, Los Angeles; All Hands On Deck Street Art Installation; ALTrs, Kranzberg Arts Center, St. Louis, MO; NEUE FORM Hoffman LaChance Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Daytime Observatory, Outdoor Installation for Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; Wailing Wall, Outdoor Installation, Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 2013 Empire State, Concrete Ocean Gallery, St. Louis, MO, and Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low Hanging Heavens, The Luminary, St. Louis, 2018.
2013 Reclamation, Portfolio Gallery, St. Louis, MO; Site/Sound, Laumeire Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO 2011 The Clean Up, The Bomb Door, St. Louis, MO and many others.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, The College Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Humanities at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Gallery 210 is on the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 44 Arnold Grobman Drive between the North UM-St. Louis Metro Station and the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Image citation

Damon Davis
Negrophilia no. 46 2014-15
Mixed media
Image courtesy of the artist