Townsend Davidson, shown in his Harleston Village studio, was a winner of the 2006 Under the Radar Emerging Artist competition held by Charleston and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Photograph by Caroline Tan
April 8, 2015
Painter Townsend Davidson is a master of the blank space. In many of his pieces, tiny figures—elephants, birds, human cells—appear in what seems like acres of white, or sky blue, or dark navy and purple, simultaneously urging you to go in for closer examination and take a step back to breathe it all in. Even in his recent series of leaf close-ups, the botanicals float through an open canvas.
A Virginia native, Davidson moved to town back in 1998 to attend the College of Charleston as a studio art and art history major. These days he works for his alma mater as a photo lab tech and paints out of the Harleston Village apartment where he’s lived for 12 years, selling his works at showandtellartanddesign.com. And for the third year running, one of his paintings, this time Supercritical Flow, was chosen to be exhibited during the April 24-May 2 ArtFields fest in Lake City. He fills us in on what he’s up to here.
Leaf studies: I started my botanicals series several years ago as something to work on objectively, without trying to express larger ideas or concepts. As a whole, the work is an investigation of the marvelous beauty of the natural world.
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