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 degree from Texas A&M in 1975. After graduation he pursued his career in art, 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 distinguished himself nationally by having been featured in several national exhibitions, including “Superficial: An Exhibition About the Surface of 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.
Davison has also been a recipient of several awards, both as an artist and as a teacher. Most notably, he received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement award in Teaching and honorary induction into Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society, Alpha Alpha Chapter, Texas A&M University. Furthermore, his work has been featured in solo exhibitions, including, recently, an exhibition titled “Heavenly Architecture” at The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas.
1979 M.F.A., Washington University
1976 B.F.A., University of California-Irvine
1975 B.E.D., Texas A&M University
Drawing has long been my primary vehicle of artistic expression. Drawing always shows the tracks of creativity, it’s immediacy and directness has kept me a devotee. I like making drawings that are larger than my own reach; the immersive aspect of large scale, the sense of being engulfed in the work, is an attraction for me.
The work here represents 3 themes that have dominated my work for the past 2 decades. 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. Another theme, Visionary landscapes, pays 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. The final gallery consists of Biblical themes, reminding us that everything that needs to be known is in those pages.
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Ark
Frito Lay Corporation, Dallas, TX
Double Tree Hotel, Atlanta, GA
Houston Industries, Inc.
Office of the President, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Class of ’85 Art Endowment Purchase, Texas A&M
Texas A&M College of Education 25th Anniversary Art Commission