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Vestie Davis

 (1903 - 1978)
Vestie Davis was active/lived in New York, Delaware, Maryland.  Vestie Davis is known for naive urban street genre paintings.

Biography   Vestie Davis


Born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 10, 1903, he went to New York City in 1928 and worked as a circus barker, newsstand manager and undertaker. Completely unschooled in the arts, he began painting after seeing a gallery painting on 57th Street.  He said, "I can paint like that" and went to the paint store.  Within a few days, he completed a work which sold.  He is referred to as the city primitive.  Discovered by a collector, he was featured at the Museum of American Folk Art.  At first he painted only buildings but found that more popular were scenes with people.  None of them are ever in a hurry.  There is a sense of peace and joy and civility.


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