Naomi Davies was born in Manchester. Her
father was Polish, a Holocaust survivor. and her mother was
English. She graduated from the University of Newcastle on Tyne
with a joint Honours degree in English Language & Literature
and taught English to middle school and college age students.
She had also married and produced four children.
In 1977 she and her family emigrated to the
United States and lived in Washington DC for two years. For
a time she taught at a private school in Bethesda, Maryland
and In 1979 moved to live in Mamaroneck, New York. She went
on to work for the New York City Department of Education for
22 years, mainly at the Christopher Columbus and the Evander
ivorced later and with a new partner she
went on to study and obtain an MA in English and Education;
she also did most of the coursework for an MA in History but
did not complete the degree. Meanwhile, her four children married
and produced ten grandchildren
She enrolled in a Life, Composition and Design
class at the Art Student League of BEW League of New York and
began to paint going on to produce sixty paintings – some very
large. Of herself and her work, Naomi says:
“I work in acrylic. I usually
paint young women, often only their head and shoulders. Some
of the women wear hats. I occasionally paint older women,
couples and families. I don’t use a brush unless I am painting
a large, flat area. Mostly I use my fingertips. I paint in
a free, loose style, dipping my fingers in paint and sweeping
them across the canvas. I don’t usually draw before I paint.
I just start to paint and my subconscious transmits through
my fingertips the subject and my feelings towards that subject”.
Artistically, Naomi has been influenced by
the German Expressionist painters, particularly the members
of the De Brucke group, such as Kirchner, as well as
by Van Gogh, Modigliani, Picasso and De Kooning. Though she
often draws from the model, and frequently draws her own grandchildren,
she maintains that all of her paintings spring directly from
“In my paintings I use colour,
intense or subdued, but always unexpected. I paint exaggerated
or dream like shapes, often textured, to express emotion”.
In January 2013 I was scheduled to have a
solo show in Pittsburgh in a cafe/art space in Point Breeze.
If you are, or know
of any local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors,
etc) located or based in and around Manchester please let us know,
and if appropriate, we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly