Meet Tremendous-Herbal Painter Cherie Benner Davis 

meet an artist mondayPainter Cherie Benner Davis’ signature Tremendous-Herbal taste is encouraged by means of the flamboyance of botanical existence in Southern California, and are similarly in search of to grow to be the potential for this optical bounty thru a broader discussion with artwork historical past and society. Her newest works — lavishly detailed, vibrating fractals of fantastical colour and motifs of hashish crops — are a mixing of the languages of psychedelia, magic realism, folklore and pagan plant knowledge, spiritual designs like mandalas and stained glass, and hard-edge or Op-Artwork summary portray. By way of exuberantly taking part in with the strains between subculture and sacred arithmetic, trend and natural colour idea, Davis does certainly take it upper. Her newest works are on view at Edward Cella gallery within the Pacific Design Middle thru March 25.

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Cherie Benner Davis: Souvenirs of Rose y Blue, oil on panel, 44 x 44 in., 2021

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you have been an artist?

CHERIE BENNER DAVIS: When I used to be 5 years outdated our circle of relatives lived for a yr in Great, France whilst my father used to be there on a educating sabbatical. Now not talking the language, I attended all-day college along side local youngsters who’d already been in class for a yr. It sounds as if the lecturers allowed me to spend many hours of my time in school alone, drawing, portray and making a song to myself whilst the opposite youngsters have been engaged of their second-year college paintings.  After our circle of relatives returned to the U.S. and I used to be despatched to first grade, my annoyed lecturers despatched me again to kindergarten for a time period in hopes that I’d “learn to concentrate.” To nowadays I’m nonetheless very interior and I’ve been making artwork ever since.


What’s your quick resolution to those who ask what your paintings is ready?

These days I’m making art work that playfully riff at the botanical bureaucracy and cultural associations of Hashish, wasteland panorama, psychedelia, and hard-edge portray. In those works I read about the numerous moving social acceptance and broader legalized use of the Hashish herb by means of getting down to create fantastical and optically lively compositions. I draw from a various vary of visible assets, together with 60’s-era psychedelic artwork, the rose home windows of Medieval cathedrals, and the fractal patterns of chaos idea. Oscillating between hard-edged abstraction, magical realism, and natural sensation; the art work posit the position of the artist in visualizing the shared social phenomenon as political and cultural obstacles swiftly trade.

Cherie Benner Davis: Height, oil on panel, 2022

Did you move to artwork college? Why/Why no longer?

I’ve an MFA in drawing and portray from CSULB. I discovered the group enjoy of grad college to be extremely profitable in my construction as an artist, and gaining the complicated level additionally served my plan to earn a Grasp’s level in order that I may each train faculty and feature time to make my paintings.


Why do you reside and paintings in L.A., and no longer in different places?

I LOVE L.A.  I’ve lived in different places — two times in France, and two times out of state, and feature traveled the world over, however L.A. is my house. I really like the distance, the openness, and the opportunity of this position.


When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or mission?

These days put in is a solo exhibition of my paintings known as Trichromic, introduced by means of Edward Cella Artwork & Structure, at Thomas Lavin Showroom within the Pacific Design Middle, West Hollywood. The display runs thru March 25. In the summertime I will be able to have paintings featured in a bunch display at Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati, and I will be able to have a solo display with Carl Solway Gallery in Fall 2022.

Cherie Benner Davis: Phoenician Goals, oil on panel, 55 x 55 in., 2021

Web site and social media handles, please!


IG: @cbennerdavis


Updated: March 7, 2022 — 5:01 pm