Kai Samuels-Davis is a New York born artist living and working in Inverness, California, USA. He attended classes at the Woodstock School of Art at the age of 16, followed by a stint at the Art Students League of New York the following year. In 2002 he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts degree at State University of New York Purchase before moving to California where he completed the graduate program in film at Art Center College of Design in 2006. Though not directly pursuing film, cinematic themes often arise in his paintings, giving them the sense of being fragments of a larger framework of thoughts. His work is composed mainly of portraits and figures (with an occasional landscape or object) focusing on introspective moments we keep to ourselves. Painting with oils on wood using a combination of brushes with metal and rubber scrapers, paint is applied layer upon layer highlighting its history and texture. Structures and spaces are fragmented or blurred to accentuate the balance between chaos, confusion and clarity in daily thought. The images are cerebral and visceral, creating a mood of melancholy and solitude with an appreciation for their necessity and beauty. Kai’s work has won the 2012 Sonoma County Artists Award and has been shown at numerous galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, England and France. His work is in private collections throughout the world.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Kai Samuels-Davis