Artist captures nature on the canvas
Greg Davies exhibit “Bestiary” at arts place gallery will feature renditions of extinct and endangered animals over the next month at Arts Place Gallery. – Steve Henschel/Metroland
PORT COLBORNE — Greg Davies hopes that those who take in his paintings might be spurred into action, to perhaps do their part to save another species from going the way of the dodo.
A painting of a dodo can be found amongst the images being presented by the Thorold painter for his upcoming exhibit at Arts Place Gallery entitled “Bestiary.” The exhibit features a selection of works from two series Davies has been working on since 2015. All of the images, be they in pastel, graphite, watercolour, oils or silverpoint, depict animals that are extinct or on their way with endangered or at-risk status.
“I grew up in a household very oriented toward nature conservancy,” said 52-year-old Davies, who works as an arts administrator at the Dundas Valley Carnegie Gallery. He’s been painting and drawing since he was 10, although there have been some sizeable hiatuses in his life due to the pressures of family and work.
He taught for many years at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Upon leaving teaching he picked back up where he left off.
“I was able to pick up the brush again,” said Davies, who soon found himself painting animals, both extinct and present, drawing on his life-long affair with nature conservancy.
“It’s something I grew up with,” he said, adding that creatures of the wild just attract him as subjects.
“I just find them fascinating,” he said. Davies went on to explain he hopes the exhibit will encourage viewers to protect the environment with its images of manatees, sea turtles, pigmy three toed sloth and more.
“There are less than 100 of these little guys left,” said Davies, referring to the sloth in his painting.
The exhibit runs from May 7 to June 18 at the King Street gallery, Thursday through Sunday, 12n – 4:30PM