- University Art Collections
- J. Wayne Stark Galleries
- Forsyth Galleries
Richard R. Davison Jr, a Professor of the College of Architecture faculty at Texas A&M University, was born in Marlin, Texas in 1953. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M in 1975 before pursuing his career in art, and obtained a BFA and MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 1976 and Washington University in 1979, respectively.
Davison has established himself as one of the major artists in the state and has distinguished himself nationally by having been chosen into several national exhibition competitions by leading curators and museum directors. Some of them are –“Superficial: An Exhibition About the Surface of a Painting” at the Art museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; “Oil Patch Dreams: Images of the Petroleum Industry in American Art”, a five museum touring exhibition curated by Francine Carraro; “Texas Art for Russia”, Invitational Group Exhibition, organized by Art League of Houston, curated by internationally known artist, Frank Williams and toured to Yekaterinburg, Tornsk , St. Petersburg Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow. Davison has also been a recipient of several awards; some noteworthy ones are Texas A&M association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement award in Teaching, Honorary induction into Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Texas A&M University. His works have also been featured in solo exhibitions. Recently, his works were featured at an exhibition titled “Heavenly Architecture” in The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas.
Commenting on his recent work Davison says that “My recent work has taken two unrelated directions. One is about monuments or memorials; how they stand against time (i.e., as compared with our own lives or the ephemeral nature of a reflection in water) as well as how we create them to assuage our own longings, regrets, etc. The other direction falls into the category of landscape, with homage to artists whose work is at once regional and visionary in character, such as that of Charles Burchfield and Samuel Palmer, and to the purpose of reiterating the argument of “natural religion”, that nature herself is the clearest evidence of God.” Davison’s scholarly interests include design communication, drawing, painting, and color theory.
Some of Davison’s works are now on display at the College of Architecture Art Faculty Biennial in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries.
Dick Davison, 4S (Four Seasons)