Mike Davis and Henry Lewis at Varnish

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Last night Eclectix dropped into the dual opening of Mike Davis and Henry Lewis at Varnish Fine Arts, in San Francisco. A packed event – it was full of great art and art lovers. Both artists have their roots in the local tattoo culture and over the years have gone through many transitions in their own personal fine art.

Both artists complement each other – presenting a throughly enjoyable exhibition with an outstanding body of work. We’ve posted mostly detail shots and close-ups here, for the full works and images go to the Varnish site. The exhibition is up through April 16th, 2013.

Mike Davis is our very own modern-day Brueghel with tightly rendered and consummately lit surreal scapes. He hand crafted his own beautiful wood frames for each painting which reminded us of a combo medieval and Frank Lloyd Wright construction.

For the Eclectix interview with Mike and a look at his killer portfolio click here.

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Mike Davis, sporting the 70′s English rocker in a great way.

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Mike Davis, a sample of one of handmade frames

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Mike Davis

Mike Davis - eclectix

Mike Davis

Mike Davis - eclectix

Mike Davis

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Mike Davis

 

 

Henry Lewis is leaning towards mixing his realism with looser, more street-wise styles. There are personal raw emotions and  warrior-esque expressive gestures, flavored with tribal Basquiat. In-your-face humanity strongly erupts from each piece, portraits full of love, struggle and respect. Henry’s website appears to be down at the moment, but for a lot-of-things-Henry – check out a great post at Ransom Notes here.

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Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis detail -Eclectix

Henry Lewis

Henry Lewis detail -Eclectix

Henry Lewis

 

 

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