The loud works of abstract Hoboken resident Mark Davis are currently on display at BAMA gallery on Bloomfield and Tenth streets in Hoboken through June. He has almost two dozen pieces on display ranging from $400 to $1,200, and his trademark consists of abstract colors with a message.
"Each of my works represents an emotional moment in my life," Davis said.
In his piece "Something went Click," the artist said he let his rage out on the canvas to create a magnificent colorful painting with red oils. Other notable images are "Mirror Image," "To Love that Well," "I Decompose," "Opening Doors," and "Nightfall."
With "Nightfall," Davis captures the essence of twilight with opaque colors and gentle strokes of the brush on the surface.
A self-taught artist born in Brooklyn, Davis works primarily with oil paints on canvas. He works as a licensed customs broker during the day, and has a studio in the mile-square city. Davis has exhibited at the Hoboken Studio Tour and at other local galleries, and also in New York City.
"I didn't study art. I was painting when I was very young, and I knew it was something I wanted to do," Davis said.
Being an abstract artist has its pressures, Davis said. When people look at his work, they may remark that they can do what he does, but Davis admits it's a little harder than that.
"There's an art involved," he said. "I'm not just brushing away on a canvas."
The artist said he enjoys having the small gallery in Hoboken that serves as a haven for local talent.
"It's great and also essential to have a gallery in town that features not-so-mainstream artists," he said.
BAMA gallery is owned and operated by musician, artist, and poet Chris Burkhardt. In addition to Davis' show, BAMA offers classes in sculpting, painting, drawing, yoga, and dance throughout the week.
Burkhardt was attracted to Davis' works because they resembled true abstract art, he said. He is captivated by the artist's ability to manipulate the colors on the canvas, and still present a powerful or subtle message, depending on the piece.
"The dynamic of abstract art is to understand the expression of the work," Burkhardt said. "Some artists can't keep their works contained, but Davis does a good job of staying within his element."
The opening reception for Davis, held earlier this month, attracted several local and regional artists and residents. It was an event that promoted independent artists and celebrated the local art scene in town.
"We had a great turnout for the event. It shows that people want to get involve in the arts and support the current scene," Davis said.
BAMA gallery is located on 946 Bloomfield St. For more information call (201) 659-5623. q