Biography

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During the past thirty years, Harry L. Davis has emerged as one of America’s most accomplished artists. Blessed with natural ability, Davis is a self-taught artist who began drawing and sketching as a child in Wilmington, NC. He turned to oil painting as a means of expression after an accidental shooting while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, which left him permanently confined to a wheelchair.

Davis has never had any formal training, but has developed his natural ability and techniques through trial and error. His painstaking attention to detail,and bold, bright colors are now trademarks of his artwork. Thousands of viewers have been captivated by the power and brilliance of his original oil paintings and limited edition prints.

Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, 1979
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

Williston Senior High School
Graduated: 1967
Wilmington, NC

Collectors

  • James Avery, actor
  • Halle Berry, actress
  • James Brown, singer
  • Nell Carter, the late actress
  • Bill Cosby, actor/comedian
  • Henry Frye, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice
  • Jayne Kennedy, actress/model
  • C.C.H. Pounder, actress
  • Carl Lumbly, actor
  • Gloria Naylor, author
  • Michelle Taylor, actress
  • Denzel Washington, actor
  • Home Savings and Loan Association, Wilmington, NC
  • Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute at the University of Wisconsin, Monomania, WI
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

Awards

  • 2013 Best of Show-New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • 2006 Featured Artist of the Wilmington NC Azalea Arts Festival
  • 2001 Town Hall Man of the Year
  • 1997 Esther Paige-Hill Award
  • 1997 National Art Association Community Service Award
  • 1995-96 Greenwood Middle School Friend of the Arts, Goldsboro, NC
  • 1995 Featured Artist of the Greensboro African-American Arts Festival
  • 1989 Merit Award Winner at Raleigh Artsplosure
  • 1986 Honorable Mention at the National Rehabilitation Association Art Show
  • 1985 Blue Ribbon and Honorable Mention at the National Rehabilitation Association Art Show
  • 1983 Handicapped Citizen of the Year
  • 1982 Outstanding Young Men of America
  • 1981 Special Volunteer from the State of North Carolina
  • 1977-78 Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • 2007 Arts Council of Wilson, Wilson NC
  • 2006 The Event, Asheville, NC
  • 2004 LyBenson’s Gallery, Beaufort, SC
  • 2002 Chase Gallery, Wilmington, NC
  • 2002 Harvest Moon Restaurant, Wilmington, NC
  • 2001 Best Of Show Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC
  • 2001 NC Central University Gala, NC Museum of Art
  • 2000 Artworks Gallery, Wilmington, NC
  • 1995 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • 1995 African-American Arts Festival, Greensboro, NC
  • 1992 Art and Soul Gallery, Detroit, MI
  • 1989 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • 1989 Beaufort County Arts Council, Washington, NC
  • 1988 Central Intelligence Agency, McLean, VA
  • 1987 Second Annual Afro-American Artists Exhibit, High Point, NC
  • 1986 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • 1986 King-Tisdell Cottage Museum, Savannah, GA
  • 1985 Black Artists Guild, Kinston, NC
  • 1985 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • 1985 Cape Fear Foundation Exhibition of Black Artists, Wilmington, NC
  • 1984 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
  • 1984 Black Artists Guild, Kinston, NC
  • 1984 U.S. Office of Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, Bethesda, MD
  • 1974 Delta Sigma Theta, Wilmington, NC