Julyan Davis’ work explores America’s cultural mythologies, in particular, how folkways from the Scottish borders, traveling to the Appalachians in the 18th century, flourished in the wilderness, and expanded the frontier West. This fierce and proud folklore, remaking itself into such forms as the Western, still affects us today with its stereotyping of male and female roles, and its ready acceptance of violence as a form of retribution.
“I paint for storytellers — novelists, songwriters, poets. I also paint for those who love history. There has always been a narrative thread in my work. Even when a scene was notably empty of incident, I have strived for a sense that something vital happened here, or that something will.” ...
Julyan Davis was born in England and lives and works in Asheville, NC. He has painted the American South for more than 25 years. His interest in the South was fueled by an interest in the history of Demopolis, Alabama and its settling by Bonapartist exiles and a painting trip he took after graduation from the Byam Shaw School of Art, London.
Davis' work is exhibited internationally, and is in many public and private collections. Recent acquisitions include the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, the Greenville County Museum of Art (South Carolina), the Morris Museum (Augusta, GA) and the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and Western Residence. His newest work, interpreting traditional American ballads through the contemporary South, has been touring museums with accompanying lectures and musical performances.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
Evelyn Shapiro Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
Emerging Talent Award, National Council for Education in the Arts, 2003
SELECTED MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Morris Museum, Augusta, GA
Governor’s Mansion, Raleigh, NC
Governor’s Western Residence, Asheville, NC
B.F. Goodrich Corp., Charlotte, NC
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Monument, Birmingham, AL
Banker’s Club, Cincinnati, OH
Skyline Club, Indianapolis, IN
Retirement Systems of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
Bascom Fine Art Center, Highlands, NC
Byam Shaw Permanent Collection, London, UK
National Bank of Commerce, Birmingham, AL
Amsouth Bank, Birmingham, AL
1985-1988 Byam Shaw School of Art, London. (B.A. Painting and Printmaking)
1984-1985 Filton College, Bristol. (Art Foundation Course)