Denise Davis

Established and respected contemporary artist Denise Davis' work is best described as expressionist painter painting figurative pieces while taking inspiration from her surroundings and experiences

Denise's work mostly reflects her first love, the human form.

Denise Davis-Figure in Red Copy

Born in the United States, Denise Davis originally studied fashion design in New York City and life drawing in London, becoming a professional life model in the early 1990's during her studies in drawing and painting. Davis began her professional career in '98 as she began to work regularly in the studio drawing, painting and writing.

Her stylised figures - Nurtured by a training in fashion illustration.  I shamefully used Bacon and other influences which I incorporated into dark settings inspired by religious iconography and familiar bible stories.

The pieces force a genre of paintings rarely associated with life and death to portray vanitas imagery, but with a conceptual slant.

Pain, pleasure and general discomfort can be felt through these figurative pieces, whilst some remain pure and simple life model studies.

Her observational works convey the harsh reality of death, decay and the brief period where everything organic sustains life.

Denise Davis has work in private collections in Britain, Ireland, France, Australia, and America. She has work in corporate collections in Britain and the U.S.A.

For more information on Denise Davis, contact Arusha Art Gallery today


1967 – b. Delaware, U.S.A.
1985 – studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
1987 – Studied life painting and drawing at Chelsea School of Art
1997 – Studied figurative and abstract painting in West Sussex
1998 – mixed exhibition, Rackham Art Group, Sussex
1999 – mixed exhibition, Rackham Art Group, Sussex
2000 – Mixed exhibitions, Rackham Art Group; Chichester Art Society; Chichester Life Drawing Group, Sussex
2001 – mixed exhibitions, Chichester Life Drawing Group; Big Draw Exhibition, Sussex; Portsmouth Art Centre, Hampshire; solo exhibition, Chichester Arts Centre
2002 to 2006 – permanent solo resident artist, Palio Restaurant, Inverness
2003 – mixed exhibitions, Inverness Art Society; Highland Hospice Art Fair; Tore Art Fair, Inverness-shire
2004 – mixed exhibitions, Tore Art Gallery; Inverness Festival; and Highland Hospice Art Fair; Inverness-shire
2005 – mixed exhibitions, Tore are Gallery; Highland Hospice Art Fair; Strathpeffer Pavilion, Inverness-shire
2006 – mixed exhibition, Scotland Art, Edinburgh; Tore Art Gallery; Strathpeffer Pavilion, Inverness-shire; Battersea Art Fair, London; Edinburgh Art Fair; Steps Gallery, Dublin
2007 – mixed exhibitions, Tore Art Gallery; Hayloft Gallery, Derbyshire; Steps Gallery, Dublin; DeFined Art, Surrey; Stenton Gallery, East Lothian; Chelsea Art Fair, London; Bristol Art Fair; Battersea Art Fair; Edinburgh Art Fair
2008 – mixed exhibitions, Scotland Art, Edinburgh; Defined Art, Surrey; Battletown Gallery, Northern Ireland; Mansfield Park Gallery; Inverness Airport; Bristol Art Fair; Battersea Art Fair; Edinburgh Art Fair
2009 – mixed exhibitions, Ealain Gallery, Drymen; Eden Court Theatre, Inverness; Battletown Gallery, Northern Ireland; Glasgow Art Fair, Cromarty Art Fair; Inverness-shire, Tore Art Gallery, Inverness-shire; and Bristol Art Fair
2010 – 2013 – mixed exhibitions at Tore Art Gallery and Hung Art Gallery, Inverness-shire

Current – mixed exhibitions at Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh and Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles