oil on canvas
174 x 126 cm
“Monica is about a girl that I was strongly attracted to in 1986.” Gerald Davis reveals. “I recall having very vivid fantasies about her even at that young age. This event never took place – I never made my feelings known to her – so I made it happen with an image.”
Executed with muted palette, Davis’s surfaces replicate remote dreamscapes. Prepubescent misadventures of scatology, sexual experimentation, and girlfriends-that-never-were imbue his paintings with the purifying qualities of confession. Through his practice, Davis strives to expose ‘hidden truths’, excavating intrinsic beauty from the abject and grotesque. His canvases operate as accolades to their abashed narratives, affirming humility as a shared human value.