Jay Davenport – born 1972
Jay Davenport has always been interested in and excited by fine art, especially animals and wildlife. With an encouraging push from his grandfather, he began private instructions at an early age.
His enthusiasm and education in arts continued as he later earned an Associates Degree in Painting/Illustration. His passion for Realism and Trompe L’Oeil led him to an apprenticeship at The Waichulius Studio.
Jay Davenport has participated in many exhibits across the country. Some of the awards he has won include The Bosque Conservatory Silver Medal and numerous awards in Artist Magazine Annual Competition. His passion for art has also been shown in numerous publications including 2007 Strokes of Genius, The Best of Drawing.
With his strong foundation in representationalism, Jay's desire to paint the funny and humorous side of animals and how the different things they do relate to human life. "We should take the time to step back once and awhile and observe, and even laugh at ourselves occasionally."
Jay resides in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, with his fiance' Anna-Lisa. His work continues to be prevalent as his dedication to the craft reflects the promise of his future.
"Davenport’s paintings are painstakingly detailed and the telling minutiae might be missed upon first glance. Cleverly toying with the viewer, his compositions are conundrums in themselves: photo-enhanced image versus direct observation; real versus imaginary; loving portraiture versus mocking documentation. A recurring theme in Davenport’s work is the personification of animals, which provides a commentary on how modern civilization has humanized domesticated beasts and wildlife to a humorous, but almost absurd, level. It begs the question: who do we treat better, our adored pets or ourselves?" -Collins' Gallery, Orleans, MA