Artist, geometrician, abstract illusionist

Ron Davis working at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, California ca. 1986

Artist, Geometrician,
Abstract Illusionist

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Essay by Dave Hickey - Ronald Davis is not doing what you're seeing

From the catalog accompanying the Untitled. Art Fair exhibition of Ronald Davis works at Miami Basel, December, 2015:

“The figure-ground relationship between the painting and the wall was intensified when these paintings began to skew off the rectangle. It was intensified further with Davis’ illusionary excavations into the center of the painting and into the ground supplied by the wall…This fiat allowed art to conquer the room…”
– Dave Hickey

2011 video interview at the studio for The Getty Center’s 2011 initiative and exhibition, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980

“My work is comprised of aggressively decorative, meaningless, unidentified floating objects that pretend to be rational. Illusion is my vehicle. Opticality is paramount.… Even though I, like DuChamp, reintroduced perspective illusion – the illusions of objects into my paintings – the objects themselves remain abstract and non-referential.”
– Ronald Davis

Ronald Davis 2023

Studio International interview

Ronald Davis – “Two artists who use perspective in their work are Duchamp and Davis. I’m kind of proud of that”

Davis talks about his art and how he started out in the 1960s, his friendship with Judy Chicago, playing chess with David Hockney and having a Scotch with Clement Greenberg

Ronald Davis in the studio, 2010