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Lived/Active: California/Illinois/Massachusetts      Known for: wildlife-birds and figure painting, magazine illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Stark Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1885. He lived and painted in Chicago, Illinois before moving to Morro Bay, California, where he worked for Disney Animation Studios in Los Angeles and Burbank. While in Chicago, Davis was affiliated with several arts institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Palette and Chisel Club, and Chicago Gallery Association.


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Born in Boston, MA on May 13, 1885.  While based in Chicago, he made many trips to Santa Barbara after 1925.  He died in Marin County, CA on Dec. 21, 1950.  His work includes colorful bird paintings. 

Exh:  Thurber Gallery (Chicago), 1923; AIC, 1924 (prize); Palette & Chisel Club (Chicago), 1926-30; Ainslie Gallery (LA), 1936.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
AAA 1929; WWAA 1936-41; Death Record
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Biography from Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts:
Winthrop Stark Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1885.  He subsequently lived and worked in Chicago, where he was affiliated with several arts institutions including the Palette and Chisel Club.  Davis exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1924 and at the Chicago Galleries Association in 1930, winning prizes in both shows.

During the 1920s and 1930s Stark Davis's illustrations appeared on covers of the Ladies' Home Journal, and in numerous advertisements, and from 1927 to 1929, Davis's artistic and colorful "Bird Series" of ads for Lincoln automobiles ran in popular magazines such as Country Life and Home and Garden.  A typical ad would feature a Lincoln sedan or coupe in the foreground, with a peacock, a wide-eyed red bird of paradise, or a condor dramatically filling the background or framing the scene.

During his time in Chicago, Davis would make trips to Santa Barbara, California, and subsequently relocated to Los Angeles, where he worked at the Disney Animation Studios and exhibited at the Ainslie Gallery in 1936.

By 1947, Davis had retired from painting and was living in Morro Bay, a seaside town on California's Central Coast.

Stark Davis passed away in Marin County, California, in 1950.

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