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Designer Brings Mixed Media Collages to Bluefield College Art Show

Bluefield College will host a winter art show featuring the mixed media collages of artist and graphic designer Len Davis.
The Davis show, titled "A Thousand Words," will be on display December 6 through February 20 in the school's Art Gallery in Lansdell Hall. Open and free to the public, the exhibit will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend hours may be obtained by calling the BC Art Department at 276-326-4558 or by e-mailing the BC Office of Public Relations at
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Davis studied communication and visual art at East Carolina University from 1988 to 1995. For the past 10 years, he has been living in Los Angeles, California, where he works in the advertising industry as a graphic designer, while developing his imagery as a studio artist.
His compilation "A Thousand Words" comes from the common phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words." The exhibit features several mixed media collages incorporating drawings of peoples' faces executed on newsprint pages. The works, which measure 5" x 8" are abstract in concept, yet illustrative in execution.
"I have eclectic taste," said Davis. "That's why I am so fascinated by the usage of mixed media and collage. I like these mediums because of the outcome of combining several elements and creating various textures and colors to evoke a thought and mood in the stories I tell. It's like a pizza with everything on it. Once you take that first bite, you're inundated with flavor. That is what I strive for in my work."
The pieces, Davis added, deal with life, the people we are, what we create, and our capability to deal with issues that confront us.
"My premise is to lure the viewer in," he said. "Once they're in, they are placed in a position to reflect on and question their ethics, be it disquieting or placid."
In addition to exhibiting his work across the country, Davis has worked as a designer for the Warner Brothers television show "Two and a Half Men," Showtime's "The Affair," ABC TV's "Last Man Standing," CBS TV's "Criminal Minds," and Warner Brothers' "Big Bang Theory." He has also won awards for projects with the City of Los Angeles, the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, and the Upstream People Gallery.
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