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Artist Latonja Davis


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The Artist Says:


Artist Statement: "My Artwork does not describe any one particular style, but rather my general attitude towards certain subjects. My Paintings, Combines and Drawings convey my individuality, spontaneous thoughts and ideas. It is like a journey into many of my passions.”




Biography


 
     










Latonja Davis-Benson considers herself to be a mixed media, multi-process artist, making art that convinces her viewers that the art comes from her soul and her material. Latonja is a breast cancer survivor who ardently considers her artwork practice to be therapy through her recovery. Continued creative curiosity focused her attention on nature and its effortless waste as a prudent catalyst in fine art. Keeping our worldly recycling and reclamation effort in the forefront, Latonja understands the environmental sensitivities of our culture and uses that knowledge to create largely tactile and thought-provoking art with many re-purposed materials to introduce a new dimension in her art making. This movement in her art parallels with the rediscovery and spiritual rebirth in her life after cancer.
 
Her style includes realistic drawing, figurative-abstract painting, and abstract combine assemblage paintings. Her realistic work finds pure detail of her subject matter while using graphite and charcoal; her figurative-abstract creates a connection with representational painting and innovative distortions of color, shape and line while it pushes the boundaries of “ordinary”; and her abstract combine paintings relies on the inclusion of many non-art materials throughout the work that reveals unique distinction, which is her signature.
 
Latonja is a planner in many areas of her life, but in her art, she is driven by emotion and vision while often times taking risks. Once she has decided on a material of choice, Latonja is known to allow a natural spontaneous revelation that the material has to offer, as each piece progresses to its finish. While working with oil, acrylic, pastel, wax, dye, latex, pencil and/or found materials, she realizes that her mission was not only to produce unique art, but also to advocate and re-validate the discards of our environment into a greater purpose – art. Latonja’s ceaseless motivation to create visually [...]

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