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The Roaring Daze | Paul Davies Exhibition Reception:
 May 17, 6–8pm 
 Exhibition: May 14, 2019 – June 16, 2019

Olsen Gruin is pleased to present The Roaring Daze, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Paul Davies. This body of work explores the connection between Davies’ Australian heritage and his adopted home, California. Joining this new group of works is Davies’ painting, Three Stories, the largest commission in SoHo House history that debuts in The Roaring Daze before locating to its permanent home at the SoHo House DTLA Warehouse. Davies’ exhibition title is a play on Henry Lawson’s 1889 gold rush poem. The Roaring Daze will be on view at Olsen Gruin from May 14 – June 16, 2019. Selected photos from Davies’ prolific collection are enlarged and meticulously hand cut into screens through which paint is brushed in layers onto the canvas. The screens are contrasted with freehand brush marks which Davies explains “were in part guided by Joan Didion’s The White Album stories of old and new California, told from memory and historical fact.” Davies’ paintings are open-plan spaces of architecture and landscape. The subjects interlock with one another in bright hues and invite a multitude of readings rather than a straightforward narrative.


These hand-cut screens also serve as templates for bronze and wood sculptures in the exhibition, the latter of which can be manipulated by the viewer’s hand to play with the notion of positive and negative space. Here, the rationality of architectural form is contrasted with the freedom of abstraction and refers directly back to the way in which the paintings were produced. Davies then takes the screens’ use a step further by placing them over light sensitive pieces of paper and exposing them under direct sunlight to produce one-off photograms. The title of these works describes the location, time, temperature and duration of exposure, alluding to a rejection of the instantaneous nature of photography today. This component of Davies’s practice began on a residency awarded by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Phoenix, the works from which were acquired by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Paul Davies’ work has been acquired by and exhibited at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, MAK Center for Art and Architecture and the Laguna Art Museum. His work has been commissioned by the Soho House in Dumbo New York, Downtown Los Angeles, Barcelona, Mumbai and West Hollywood. In 2013 Davies was awarded a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris by the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in 2014 featured with Luc Tuymans and Peter Doig in essay "Limbo Architecture - Painters of Modernism" by Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006 - 2014), for the Architecture Review. Davies has been included in group exhibitions 'Public Trust: It's About What We Do' and 'The Kindness of Strangers: Recent Acquisitions and Conservation Projects' both at the SMOCA, 'Condition Reports' curated by Ranjit Hoskote for India Art Fair, McClelland Collection' at the McClelland gallery + Sculpture Park. His work is held in public and corporate collections such as the Macquarie University, Geelong Gallery, Maitland Regional Gallery, Historic Houses Trust, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Artbank, Rothschild, Kerry Stokes collection, Pat Corrigan collection, and published in Vogue, Blouin Artinfo, Harper’s Bazaar, Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Art & Australia, W Magazine online, Wallpaper online, Huffington Post, Vault Magazine and the Australian Financial Review. Davies has a Masters by research at the University of New South Wales - Art and Design, Australia.

For further information please contact the gallery at info@olsengruin.com or at +1.646.525.6213. All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.


Paul Davies: The Roaring Daze, 2019

Paul Davies Three Stories, 2019 Acrylic on canvas 216 x 72 " (548.6 x 182.9 cm) 55990 Sold


Paul Davies East West Coast 1, 2019 Acrylic on Canvas 60 x 48 " (152.4 x 121.9 cm) 56046 $15,000


Paul Davies East West Coast 2, 2019 Acrylic on Canvas 3 69 /4 x 58 " (177.2 x 147.3 cm) 56047 $19,500


Paul Davies Built Landscape VI, 2015 Vinyl, acrylic, copolymer on canvas 69.5 x 58 " (176.5 x 147.3 cm) 54991 $16,000


Paul Davies Built in Openplan II, 2018 Acrylic on canvas 69.5 x 58 " (176.5 x 147.3 cm) 54995 $16,000


Paul Davies Open Plan Pool, 2018 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 60 " (182.9 x 152.4 cm) 54996 Sold


Paul Davies Everything Loose Will Land, 2019 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 72 " (182.9 x 182.9 cm) 55875 Sold


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55872 $3,000


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55873 $3,000


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55874 $3,000


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55876 $3,000


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55877 $3,000


Paul Davies 14th March Partly Cloudy 64 F 5 mins exposure Los Angeles , 2018 UV cured ink and acrylic on paper 23 x 29 " (58.4 x 73.7 cm) 55878 $3,000


Paul Davies Limbo Landscape, 2016-19 Hand painted acrylic on laser cut composite board Dimensions variable 55884 $2,000


Paul Davies Limbo Landscape, 2016-19 Hand painted acrylic on laser cut composite board Dimensions variable 55882 $2,000


Paul Davies In Reverse, 2014 Hand painted vinyl acrylic copolymer on bronze 16.5 x 11.4 x 6.3 " (41.9 x 29 x 16 cm) 55879 $5,000


Paul Davies Limbo Landscape, 2016-19 Hand painted acrylic on laser cut composite board Dimensions variable 55881 $2,000

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