Photos or Paintings? The Hyperrealistic Art of Davis Cone

Oct 2, 2013 1:55pm

New York’s Forum Gallery will present an exhibition of eminent photorealistic painter Davis Cone.

Cone’s subjects are eye-catching Art Deco movie theaters located on present-day main streets across America.  These theaters, with their bold shapes and rich colors, have been Cone’s sole subjects since he began his career as an artist in the 1970′s.

All images © Davis Cone, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York, NY

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Fremont with Two Girls, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 45 1/8 x 46 1/2 inches

 

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Studio City/Summer Evening, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 46 inches

Cone photographs a theater over the course of several days to use as a reference for each painting.  He captures a mood in each work, documenting theaters at dawn, dusk, at night and throughout the hours in between.

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River Oaks, 2008, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 40 x 60 inches

 

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Cozy/Rainy Day, 2003, acrylic on canvas, 28 3/4 x 47 1/8 inches

 

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Hollywood Theater with Red Vehicles, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 14 3/4 x 25 inches

 

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Rio/Show Cancelled, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches

Davis Cone was born in Augusta, Ga., and now live in Los Angeles. His paintings have been exhibited worldwide and two books, Popcorn Palaces and Hollywood on Main Street, are devoted to his work.

Davis Cone: Recent Works will open at the Forum Gallery, Oct. 3, 2013, and run through Nov. 16, 2013.

See featured photography curated by ABC News’ photo editors, and at Picture This, the ABC News photography blog.

 

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