Ian Davis

b. 1972

Ian Davis is a Los Angeles based painter whose work is rooted in meticulous, intricate drawing. His open-ended narratives assemble masses of conforming male subjects, who gather around a spectacle or an impending disaster of some kind, each outfitted in identical business suits or lab coats. The assembly of experts, seemingly earnest, yet motionless, communicates a certain collective anxiety of our contemporary society. In Black Balloons, for example, the artist references the current opioid epidemic and the Black Balloon Tribute that has spread internationally to call attention to the crisis. Throughout his work Davis turns his keen observation and dark humor to the systemic cultural failings that shape the human condition.