Curtis dismisses unnecessary embellishments, abstracting subjects to the simplest of shapes. The resulting composition locks shapes into architecture of form, glued together with layer upon layer of paint. His impulse to make art results in an abundance of new paintings and drawings produced daily in the studio. Many times a new daily batch of paintings requires that Curtis paint over the previous day’s finished work. This process results in stunning pieces that are immediate and visceral: Thick layers of paint conceal the history of painting underneath. By reworking each painting, Curtis builds up an impasto whose edges reveal the collective history of the piece. Remarkable, candy-like layered edges embody immense amounts of visual tension that is then released across the expansive surface of broad opaque shapes.
“Everything. I want them to see everything.” –Curtis Davis