Vox Pop Juried Exhibition 3rd place recipient.
Tavin Davis is an emerging controversial artist Born and raised in Montana. Davis's work will be installed at the Street Art City Museum, France in August of 2017 and is also being exhibited in multiple locations around the Bozeman Area. He has had multiple interviews as well as images of his work featured in and on the covers of several International and U.S publications such as Creativpaper Magazine, Inside Artists, and Average Arts Magazine. His work is consistently featured on many online publications such as The Tax Collection, Imagination Arts, Arts Beautiful, and The Conceptual Arts Project NYC. His work has also earned awards in both national and local juried exhibitions such as the Light Space and Time International Abstract Juried Exhibition in 2017 as well as the 2017 Vox Pop Juried Exhibition held at Montana State University where he received a 3rd place standing. He is currently in the works of publishing writings with renowned art directors and professors of universities around the nation and will be included as a writer within a book of which will be a required reading to college freshmen attending schools of art beginning in the 2018 school year. 23 year old Tavin Davis, was born and raised in Montana. Moving around a lot at a young age, Davis found he would emerge himself within art and eventually philosophy to help cope with ever changing environments and people. Eventually moving to a small blue collar town called Colstrip Montana in 2009, he met his first major art inspiration who then became his close friend. Between 2009 and 2012, he began to expand his perceptions of art and what he felt it could be. Beginning to question his environment and his perception, he began to apply metaphor and philosophy to his sketches and works. In 2014, Davis moved to Bozeman Montana to attend Montana State University. Initially interested in philosophy, he eventually found himself within the Graphic Design program, of which he continues to now pursue. After attending art classes and studying the history of the arts, he began to find he could challenge social norms, constructs, and ideals within the works he produced within the world of art. He also began to find an interest in posing questions within his work to provoke thought within his viewers. This became more relevant after his discovery of Marcel Duchamp, Andre Serrano, Donald Judd, Martin Creed, and ultimately the entire conceptual art movement. For Davis, art is the perfect outlet to combine philosophy and art. For him, it is where he feels metaphor, philosophy, craft, and questions sort of dance and become interesting and challenging art. Davis claims that he is not really an artist at all but rather claims to be a philosopher of sorts working in visual language. His works have a subversive nature and is informed by the recent Muralism movement as well as artists involved in the Urban movement such as Bansksy and Shepard Fairey. He is an artist who does not like to limit himself to any specific genre, style, or medium as he feels these all become vehicles to deliver his concept to his viewers. He sees the visual arts as a form of visual philosophy. He feels the underlying concept behind the work should be the most important component to a visual work. This is because to him, work driven by concept and then furthered by visual form creates art that is not only present to entertain the eye but also present to expand, shake, and potentially change a viewer’s perceptions, ideals, and constructs. Davis's work is consistently driven by concept and he claims this will continue to be the nature of his work.