About Steve Davis:

 

There is something very unique about the juxtaposition of what is found in nature, and what is found and man-made, occurring in the artworks of South Coast Texas artist Steve Davis. The artist presents an consistent armature constructed from sand dollars around which the adjoining man-made objects create an endless variety of tangential connections between the desirable objects Davis finds in the junks shops and antique stores along the south Texas coast and what he finds on the beaches nearby. The artist transforms his love of time-weathered stuff, and nature-weathered stuff from the beach, into art that is uniquely his own.  DMA 2015

 

Steve Davis might begin with an object like an old wooden toolbox, a rusty metal shrimp basket or an antique metal bath tub. Then he takes his personal collection of sun-bleached seashells or sanddollars and creates intricate patterns by suspending them from the old containers using transparent fishing line. With these unique materials and techniques Davis found a slice of his creative identity that he only guessed he possessed during his 30 years owning upscale women's clothing shops in San Antonio. In that time, however, his favorite escape was always Port Aransas – where he now calls home.

 

In 1994 Davis gave up his San Antonio business and moved to Houston to work at a contemporary art gallery. That was a new beginning for him. "Certain artists we represented broadened my horizon," Davis said, "They made me see things from a new perspective." From that exposure he realized how he could transform his love of time-weathered stuff from the junk stores, and nature-weathered stuff from the beach into art. "I stare at containers and think about what I might do with them," Davis said. To allow the viewer as natural a response as possible he doesn't title his works other than by a simple description such as, "Shrimp Basket.”

Yin-yang Bamboo Bowl
Yin-yang Bamboo Bowl

2013 found objects and nylon filament 12x 12x 6 inches value: $950

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Spinning Wheel
Spinning Wheel

2015 found objects and nylon filament 18x 18x 4 inches value: $1600

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Wood Bowl Basket
Wood Bowl Basket

2015 found objects and nylon filament 12x 12 value: $850

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Window Pane Box
Window Pane Box

2014 found objects and nylon filament 24x 24x 7 inches, value: $1150

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Twelve Tennis Rackets
Twelve Tennis Rackets

2015 found objects and nylon filament 72x 72x 5 inches, value: $5500

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The Tilling Wheel
The Tilling Wheel

2015 found objects and nylon filament 30x 30, value: $1600

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Sled (top view)
Sled (top view)

2015 found objects and nylon filament 36x 24, value: $4200

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Sled (side View)
Sled (side View)

2015 found objects and nylon filament 36x 24, value: $4200

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Metal Cross Box
Metal Cross Box

2015 found objects and nylon filament 10x 8x 4 inches, value: $1500

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Bathing Tub circa 1840
Bathing Tub circa 1840

2014 found objects and nylon filament 36x 36 inches, value: $4000

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Cage
Cage

2015 found objects and nylon filament, 24x 18x 18 inches, value: $1950

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Bentwood Chair
Bentwood Chair

2015, found objects and nylon filament 32x 22x 22 inches, value: $2800

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