Rodney O’Dell Davis followed his passion for fine art, to New York City, where he was accepted into the prestigious Grand Central Academy of Art core-program. After some years diligently studying representational art- he applied to the Ani Art Academy Waichulis, where he met and apprenticed under Anthony Waichulis. Upon completing this challenging and rewarding program, he was offered the position of Head Instructor at Ani Art Academies Thailand. Rodney is constantly inspired, invigorated and thankful for the community of talented individuals, whom have leant him support over the years.
Rodney O’Dell Davis’ aesthetic could be described as a veritable carnival of serenely macabre, romantically gothic beauty- a slow, graceful stroll through evocative, melancholic memory. At once darkly fantastical, haunting, dignified, and sublime. As if unable to rouse oneself from a dream—Davis’ work will linger in your thoughts, long after the experience.
His influences run the gamut from Baroque art and architecture, 19th century Russian and French academic art- to surrealism, and 20th century pop art. He considers himself drawn to any style that has a powerful, visual impact on the viewer. He is consistently galvanized by immersive art, whether classical, neoclassical or modern.
Rodney O’Dell Davis strives to create works that are so powerful, they pull the observer into raw, emotionally charged realities. His desire is that you the audience will come away from his work with the same sensation of unearthly rapture that he feels, when crafting them.
2018 Rehs Contemporary Gallery, “LA Art Show” Los Angeles, CA
2017 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2017 Legacy, Gallery 1261, Denver CO
2015 ARC International Salon Exhibit, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain
2015 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2015 Sexes, Rehs Contemporary, NY, NY
2015 The Elite of Contemp. Art, National Museum of Moldova, Moldova
2014 All Hallows Event, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Heros, Villains, Myths and Legends, Rehs Contemporary, NY, NY
2013 Capturing Realism 2013, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2013 The Big Gamble, Rehs Contemporary, NY, NY
2011 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2013-2015 Áni Art Academy Waichulis, Senior Teaching Staff
2013-2014 Contemporary realism Lectures:
Ani Art Academy Waichulis
East Stroudsburg University
2013 High Definition Realism Workshop
Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Publications/Misc. Published Awards
2015 Strokes of Genius 7, North Light Publishing
2014 Strokes of Genius 6, North Light Publishing
2014 10th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Purchase Award
2012 8th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Top 100 Finalists Drawing
2012 Ani Art Academies Language of Drawing Vol. III DVD