Ian Davis is a Los Angeles based painter whose work is rooted in meticulous, intricate drawing. His open-ended narratives take place within in a looming apocalypse, where crowds of conforming male subjects 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 the collective anxiety of contemporary society. The multi-colored print Black Balloons, for example, 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.
Davis had his first Tamarind residency in summer 2017.