Tess Davies (b.1992, Nashville, TN) makes paintings inspired by natural phenomena. Using forms both abstract and representational, Davies echoes the continuous movement and growth of biological systems.
Davies received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2014. Since then, she has had an active, ever-growing studio practice. Davies has worked as a street muralist, a collaborator with interior designers, and as an exhibiting painter. Her work has been shown in several galleries and venues including the 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville, and OZ Arts. She has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships, and was recently awarded a year-long artist residency at Harpeth Hall School.
Tess Davies’ work explores contrasting dualities – movement and stillness, pattern and abstraction. Weaving in and out of chaos, her lines can gather to form an eye, hand, or lip, and then dissolve into exciting abstraction within the same composition. Biological patterns and forms splash across canvases and sometimes even spill onto the wall behind. Davies likens this to the societal restrictions for expressing yourself – that our modes of coping often fall outside the narrow boundary allowed.