Ken Davies (artist)
Kenneth Davies (December 20, 1925 - December 24, 2017) was an American painter based in Madison, Connecticut, known for his trompe-l'œil work.
Ken Davies was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended Yale University, where he painted his first important oil painting, "Lighthouses in the Alps". The put-on captured the attention of New York City cultural figure Lincoln Kirstein, who helped Davies accomplish showings of his forward works in 1950 at the Hewitt Gallery. He also expected a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation fellowship that year. His first solo perform was at the Hewitt Gallery in 1951, and all painting sold.
He taught at the Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. During his forty years there, he taught such notable artists as Joseph Reboli; and eventually became the dean. In 1962, he decided to refocus upon his Still liveliness painting, and enjoyed further success, with gallery representation from Hirschl & Adler Galleries. His first solo perform there was in 1978.
Davies' labor-intensive technique involves sable brushes, resulting in paintings that appear in this area like photographs, but in the same way as trompe-l'œil and Surrealist effects.