TM Davy. Fire Island

28th May – 26th Jun 2021

 

TM Davy's most recent body of work is inspired by the spirit of Fire Island, a coastal barrier island east of New York City, and which lends its name to this exhibition. Much like the actual island itself, which has been a haven for many LGBTQ+ people during the hot summer months in New York, the paintings by TM Davy act like a refuge for the viewer. They are set in queer intimacy and embody quiet moments of joy, love, and life.

TM Davy – Not heat flames up and consumes
2021, oil on canvas
175,3 x 132 cm
( 69 x 52 in )

EUR 26.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 21.848,-** )

TM Davy – Not heat flames up and consumes
2021, oil on canvas
175,3 x 132 cm
( 69 x 52 in )

EUR 26.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 21.848,-** )

In "Not heat flames up and consumes" the artist references a poem by Walt Whitman of the same name, in which the lyrical subject compares his love and desire to the forces of nature like the sea waves or the summer air. In this painting, a sunset vibrates mystically behind a naked companion entering the sea. The reflecting water and crashing waves move in a chromatic game of painterly wonder, contrasting the softness of the young man's shadows before the pulsing glow of the sky.

TM Davy – Hurt by the sea
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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TM Davy – Hurt by the sea
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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TM Davy – Elliot
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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TM Davy – Elliot
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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The interplay of light, water, and body is painted in ecstatic and sensitive touches, expressing the magical beauty of phenomena at play. With precise brushstrokes, TM Davy encapsulates the essence of the moment that transcends into the realm of connective freedom.


Installation View

TM Davy – Bri
2021, oil on canvas
50,8 x 40,6 cm
( 20 x 16 in )

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TM Davy – Bri
2021, oil on canvas
50,8 x 40,6 cm
( 20 x 16 in )

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TM Davy – In a pool after a storm
2021, oil on canvas
122 x 91,5 cm
( 48 x 36 in )

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TM Davy – In a pool after a storm
2021, oil on canvas
122 x 91,5 cm
( 48 x 36 in )

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The feeling of closeness is evident in each painting. The artist often depicts friends, fellow artists, his husband, and other chosen family.


Installation View

TM Davy – Solar forms
2021, oil on canvas
180 x 114 cm
( 70 3/4 x 45 in )

EUR 23.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 19.327,-** )

TM Davy – Solar forms
2021, oil on canvas
180 x 114 cm
( 70 3/4 x 45 in )

EUR 23.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 19.327,-** )

TM Davy – Joseph
2021, oil on canvas
50,8 x 40,6 cm
( 20 x 16 in )

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TM Davy – Joseph
2021, oil on canvas
50,8 x 40,6 cm
( 20 x 16 in )

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TM Davy – A gardener
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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TM Davy – A gardener
2021, oil on canvas
35,5 x 30,5 cm
( 14 x 12 in )

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TM Davy – Jade
2021, oil on canvas
45,7 x 35,5 cm
( 18 x 14 in )

EUR 7.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 5.882,-** )

TM Davy – Jade
2021, oil on canvas
45,7 x 35,5 cm
( 18 x 14 in )

EUR 7.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 5.882,-** )

The smaller formats allow the viewer to come closer and linger in front of the works. Whether it is the bright scorching of the midday sun or the softer shine of the disappearing light surrounding the figure, TM Davy's depictions enhance the mood and feeling of the portrayed at that exact moment.

 


Installation View

TM Davy – My man in summer
2021, oil on linen
30,5 x 22,9 cm
( 12 x 9 in )

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TM Davy – My man in summer
2021, oil on linen
30,5 x 22,9 cm
( 12 x 9 in )

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TM Davy – Song sparrow song
2021, oil on linen
30,5 x 22,9 cm
( 12 x 9 in )

EUR 4.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 3.361,-** ) / reserved

TM Davy – Song sparrow song
2021, oil on linen
30,5 x 22,9 cm
( 12 x 9 in )

EUR 4.000,- * ( exclusive VAT EUR 3.361,-** ) / reserved

TM Davy was born in 1980 in New York City, US, where he lives and works today. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he also teaches. TM Davy can be seen in the group exhibition and I will wear you in my heart of heart at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York, US until Aug 13, 2021, and in the upcoming group exhibition Any distance between us at the RISD Museum in Providence, US from Jul 13, 2021, until Mar 13, 2022. Previous group exhibitions include Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall, Brooklyn Museum, US, in 2019; The Lure of The Dark - Contemporary Painters Conjure The Night, MASS MoCA, North Adams, US, 2018; Burning Down the House: The 10th Gwangju Biennale, in collaboration with AA Bronson’s "House of Shame", Gwangju, KR, 2014; No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2010.


Further information on TM Davy can be found here.

 

Exhibition text: click here.

Fire Island, a coastal barrier island east of New York City, lends its name and spirit to TM Davy's most recent body of work. The island has been a haven for many LGBTQ+ people during the hot summer months in New York, and TM Davy's delicate oil paintings encapsulate the transcendent experience of that communion. Whereas the portraits in his first solo exhibition with us in 2018 had lighted figures in darkened spaces, the works from this exhibition emanate bright colors and solar gradients across both body and place. Teal-blue waters, luminous skies, and colorful dusks define the mood of the paintings and carry a golden feeling between lovers and friends.

 

In TM Davy's intimate portraits, the viewer enters a dialogue with the portrayed, who may be seen in a vulnerable moment. The feeling of closeness is evident in each painting. The artist often depicts friends, fellow artists, his husband, and other chosen family. TM Davy provides his figures with space to express themselves freely. Whether it is the bright scorching of the midday sun or the softer shine of the disappearing light surrounding the figure and reflecting on their skin, TM Davy's depictions enhance the mood and feeling of the portrayed at that exact moment. The smaller formats allow the viewer to come closer and linger in front of the works.

 

The specific feeling the artist captures in his portraits is also apparent in his larger paintings. In "Not heat flames up and consumes" the artist references a poem by Walt Whitman of the same name, in which the lyrical subject compares his love and desire to the forces of nature like the sea waves or the summer air. In this painting, a sunset vibrates mystically behind a naked companion entering the sea. The reflecting water and crashing waves move in a chromatic game of painterly wonder, contrasting the softness of the young man's shadows before the pulsing glow of the sky.

 

The interplay of light, water, and body is painted in ecstatic and sensitive touches, expressing the magical beauty of phenomena at play. With precise brushstrokes, TM Davy encapsulates the essence of the moment that transcends into the realm of connective freedom. His works are set in queer intimacy and embody quiet moments of joy, love, and life. Away from the busy city life, the paintings of "Fire Island" work as a refuge for the viewer, much like the actual island itself.


TM Davy in his studio
Photo: Liam Davy

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