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Sourcing imagery from found photographs, art history and imagination, Noah Davis both references and constructs his own personal history through psychologically driven paintings. Davis creates contemporary, pertinent imagery that combines the invented and the factual. This simultaneous tension exists throughout Davis’ work: nostalgic and saccharine, unsettling and grotesque. Davis’ painted subjects are deeply psychologically focused, but they also act as a discreet punch line. The paintings stand in as narrator for forgotten or suppressed moments in American history as told through a modern lens. They quietly remark on the banality and sadness of daily life; they point to tired stereotypes and strained classifications. All at once, Davis is a historian, a surrealist, a storyteller, a comic and a sentimentalist.