Lee Davis


Lee DavisLee Davis was classically trained by Chinese Painting Master Jean Shen, but he soon sought the even more refined vision of Japanese art. At a young age, with no translated literature to guide him, he attempted to emulate the Japanese lacquer artists. This led him into developing tools and techniques that are unique to his art.

To create his art, he begins with mostly local woods, especially Mendocino Cypress, which is beyond rare and especially fine for this kind of work. The wood is cut green and cured, then re-milled very thin and finally glued as a very thick veneer onto apple plywood. After a thin shellac finish, he applies tape to the wood and hand cuts the design into the tape. Next, in a custom-designed and built sandblast machine, he etches the lines. He then seals and blackens the lines. Now begins the long process of coloring the design. Using fabric colors as dyes and also various stains, he hand and air brushes the colors as he continually cuts and remasks the art work. At last, a thick, fine finish and hand-milled frame complete the work.



The outstanding work of Lee Davis was awarded Best-of-Show at the 2005 St. Louis Art Fair.

His work was then celebrated with an invitation to exhibit his art at the most prestigious craftshow in the country, The Smithsonian.

Lee's work also appeared in Architectural Digest, October 1991.

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