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Ed Davenport
Stone Sculptor

Ed Davenport is a stone sculptor and musician whose career in sculpting began over 25 years ago.  Living on the coast of Mexico at that time, he was inspired by the graceful shapes of the driftwood that had been weathered, cured and formed by the elements.  Through further carving and polishing, he transformed these shapes into collaborations of mind and nature.  Long since a resident of Tucson, Davenport now works out of Splinter Group Studios and sculpts primarily in marble, some of which he finds locally in the canyons and abandoned quarries of central and southern Arizona.  Whether representational or abstract, Davenport's art manifests in stone the sensuality and intrinsic beauty of organic forms.  In the artist's word's: "I am fascinated by the contrast between the organic nature of life and the hardness of stone--between the fluid and the solid.  Blending these elements in a work of art is an expression of hands and mind that is deeply fulfilling to me.  What began as a diversion has become a life work and a passion."

Though largely self-taught, Davenport has studied at various locations throughout the United States and Mexico.  These locations include: the Belles Artes Art Institute in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico; the Montoya Sculpture Studio in Palm Beach, Florida; the Marble/marble Symposium in Marble, Colorado; the Southwest Stone Carving Symposium in Jemez Springs, New Mexico; Pima Community College and the Tucson Museum of Art School, both in Tucson, Arizona.

In recent years his art has been shown in Tucson area galleries such as Art Forms Gallery, Huntington Trading Company, Alamo Collective Gallery, Eclectic Gallery, The Art Company and various Phantom Gallery locations in the Tucson Arts District.  Tubac galleries that have shown his art include the Karin Newby Gallery, as well as the Tubac Center for the Arts where he was recently awarded Best of Show in a members' exhibit.  Davenport's work may be seen currently at the Ouroboros Gallery, which the artist established in the Fall of 1998.

Ed Davenport has also attended the California Sculpture Symposium in Cambria, California, and won 1st prize for his piece 'Genetic Drift'.

 

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