Richard Thomas Davis


Richard Thomas Davis was born in Middletown, New York in 1947. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia from 1965 – 1966. Davis’s scrupulously painted views (whether of landscape, cityscape, human-scape or object-scape) are offered as ruminations upon that which will not be still, but now is still. It is as if he has withdrawn the air from his paintings. And consequently, his paintings which, now evacuated, have moved from studies of those things inhabiting the world to a new status as icons of the moment. Davis’s iconic stillness is not the iconic stillness of religious devotion or transporting awe. Rather, his paintings offer modalities of a contemporary devotion—to objects, faces, cars, buildings and the residual landscape. (excerpt from Gary Michael Daults exhibition introduction, 2011).


2013 Winner of Kingston Portrait Prize for “Basement Self Portrait,” Kingston, ON
2011 Inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (R.C.A.)
Kingston Portrait Prize People’s Choice Award, Kingston Prize, for ‘Aladdin,’ Kingston, ON
1993 Sponsor’s Prize, 2nd Sapporo International Print Biennale for “Landmarks”

Notable Public & Private Collections

Acadia University Collection, Wolfville, NS
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
BC Provincial Collection, Victoria, BC
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC
Dr. Richard and Jalene Davidson, Chiago, IL
The Murray Collection, Scranton, PA
Nova Scotia Art Bank Collection, Halifax, NS
The Seavest Collection, New York, NY
Stanton Armour, Lake Forest, IL
Toronto Dominion Bank, Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Kingston Portrait Prize Competition/Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto
2011 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
1996 Gerold Wunderlich & Co., New York, NY
1990 Gerold Wunderlich & Co., New York, NY
1988 St. Francis Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish, NS
1982-86 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1979 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1975 Atelier Gallery, Vancouver, BC


Group Exhibitions

2015 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2014 Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, NS
2010-14 Art Toronto, Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2003 Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2001 Gerold Peters Gallery, New York, NY
J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Forum Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY
van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1995 Winegrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
1993 2nd Sapporo International Print Biennale, Sapporo, Japan
1990-92 Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint MI; Naples, FL; Knoxville, TN
1989 Gerold Wunderlich & Co. Inc, New York, NY
1986-87 Wunderlich & Co. Inc., New York, NY


1956-66 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, PA