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Davin Watne  Kansas City, MO

'Power Projection Operation and the Attempt to Reverse It,'
Oil on canvas
'New York Police Helicopter'
Oil on canvas

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About Davin

Davin Watne is an artist based in Kansas City with an established record of professional achievement. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He has been awarded the Charlotte Street Foundation Award, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Avenue of Arts Municipal Arts Grant, Art in the Loop Public Arts Grant and a former resident of the Studios Inc. Residency Program. Davin holds a fulltime lecturer position at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he teaches Painting and Drawing. Davin is also the head curator and director of the UMKC Gallery of Art.

Davin explains his work by saying, “I am interested in the aesthetics of power, authority and desire as constructed by governing systems. This awareness pushes me to develop visual means of resistance. In my practice I communicate images and experiences that are visceral and symbolic in nature, ultimately creating new visual lexicons that combat the prevailing modes of signification.”

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"These appear to me as tragic traffic accidents of the aftermath of drivers avoiding hitting the animals and wrecked their cars. Gorgeous renderings!"

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"to me it looks real"

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