William R. Davis At The Guild
by Marguerite Serkin
William Davis began his life as a young sailor in and around Cape Cod. This early, visceral introduction to the sea continues to inform his painting, and has earned him the reputation of a masterful maritime artist. With a collection of pieces spanning several decades, Davis’ definitive style is best expressed through his meticulously crafted representations of seascapes and their accompanying forms.
The Guild of Boston Artists will be “spotlighting” Davis’ paintings from December 5 through January 2, 2016. A sampling of Davis’ oil paintings are already installed at this venerable Newbury Street gallery; this exhibition will allow visitors to enjoy a more in-depth look at Davis’ prolific and distinctive body of work.
If there were one word that might describe Davis’ maritime paintings, it would be “serenity.” In keeping with the traditions of notable 19th Century Hudson River artists such as Martin Johnson Heade, Davis creates a calm stillness on the canvas that offers a visual place of rest and respite from the irritation of fast-paced 21st century life.