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 Arthur Norman Davis  (1904 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: marine waterfront scenes, snowscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted May 2005, is from Jean Davis, daughter of the artist.

A.N. Davis or N. Davis' oil paintings are mainly of the Gloucester waterfront painted in the 20's, 30's and early 40's. His works also include other local landscapes and winter scenes.

Raised in Gloucester, MA, Arthur Davis grew up in the age of sailing when fishing and cargo vessels were still sailing in and out of Gloucester's busy harbor. At an early age, he spent time down on the docks where he built model sail boats and completed his first paintings before having any formal training.

After graduating from Gloucester High School in 1922, he continued his education with graphic art classes in Boston. Later, he studied painting privately under Emile Gruppe and Gordon Grant where he was one of his prize pupils. [The estate of Mr. Davis currently cherishes a letter and two personally signed works that were gifts from Mr. Grant ]. Norm Davis also painted on the waterfront with Frederick Mulhaupt and had as a gift one of his paintings. Other contemporaries that he often quoted and painted with were Aldro Hibbard, Frederick Stoddard and of course Gruppe.

As a young man Mr. Davis was active with the Gloucester YMCA Gymnastics Team and was New England champion at age of 24. For more than 50 years, he worked as display manager for the William G Brown Department Store where he created the wonderful displays, signs and enchanted sidewalk window scenes that received many awards and reviews..

He continued painting, when time allowed, through the 40's and early 50's while raising a family in nearby Manchester. However, most of his paintings that have recently come on the market were completed during the late 20's and 30's and were sold either privately or through Charles Winter's art gallery in Gloucester. Many of his later, never before seen, paintings reside with the estate.

Norm Davis was an artist, carpenter, mason, sculptor and craftsman, but to those who knew him best he was a gentle man concerned with the well-being of others and stray animals.

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