Dimensions: 31 x 22
Purchased through a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1972
With the title Lunar Landscape III, the artist presents grazing sheep which upon inspection seem to be populating the surface of the moon. What appears to be a moon near the center of this image may actually be a representation of Earth. Above this primarily blue, black, and white image, a shape that is reminiscent of both a banana split and a bath tub floats on a silvery color field. The resulting combination of images may confound or amuse the viewer.
Jackson Ray Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts from Central State University and his Master of Fine Arts from University of Oklahoma. In 1969, he joined the art faculty of Oklahoma City University where he remained until his retirement in 2007. In 1984, he became the Chair of the department and oversaw the design plans and worked diligently to pave the way for the Norick Art Center Building, which was constructed in 1985. In addition to his career as a professor, Davis was a very popular and award winning artist. His work has been featured in numerous one-person, group, and juried exhibitions in Oklahoma, New York, and Washington, D.C. His work is held in hundreds of private collections across the U.S. as well as in the public collections of Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma State College of Nursing ,and the Oklahoma State Mental Health Association.