A member of the Washington Color School, Gene Davis created hard- edged geometric paintings that explore "color intervals," or the rhythmic effects caused by the irregular appearance of colors within a composition. Jack-in-Box is comprised of uniform stripes of color that animate the canvas through a complex yet harmonious arrangement. Davis encourages viewers to enter his paintings by selecting a specific color and observing how it operates across the painting. "Approached this way," Davis states, "something happens one must enter the painting through the door of a single color. And then, you can understand what my painting is all about."
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: height: 70.25 inches width: 85.25 inches smallest height: 69 inches smallest width: 84 inchesGift of Elinor F. Poindexter 1991.23.7 © Estate of Gene Davis
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN