Oil on Masonite
16" x 20"
Signed Lew Davis, upper left
Provenance: Private Collection, Paradise Valley, Arizona acquired in 2009 from Joseph H. Hirshhorn Collection, NY, NY.
Literature: Wood, Harry, Lew Davis, Twenty-five Years of Painting in Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University, 1961 (page 55)
Born in Jerome, Arizona on November 2, 1910, Lew Davis was a lifelong resident of his native state except for a period in the 1920s when he studied art in New York City at the National Academy of Design under Leon Kroll. During the 1930s and 1940s he worked for the U.S. Treasury Department Art Project and was active in southern California.
Davis is known as a social realist demonstrated by his early works of scenes of mining communities. After World War II his paintings became more abstract which is represented in Mercado. His move to the mountains in the Pinnacle Peak area in Arizona in 1957 also prompted his colors to become more vibrant due to the landscape and the sunshine.