Lullaby Lament

Upon first glance at Hanlyn Davies’s paintings, prints, and drawings, one can not help but notice repeated forms that seem to morph from one piece into the next through an exquisite use of light and shadow. Scale shifts and warping perspectives lead the viewer into dramatic, domestic spaces that seem to defy 90-degree logic and frame slivers in time. Familiar forms are juxtaposed with lines and patterns, delicately woven together in a master narrative.

Davies has titled his current exhibition Lullaby Lament. It’s a phrase plucked from the sinister title of his large painting, alphaomegalullabylament(The Cuckoo, Crows, and the Vein of Lice), a piece that references scenes from the artist’s family home in Wales. Davies recalls clearing out his parent’s house after they’d passed on and being confronted by crows staring back at him in the interior. 

“When clearing my childhood home, objects became triggers for memory,” says Davies. “Objects that might have appeared frozen in a particular time became lively and active ingredients in the present.” Davies investigates a set of characters that can be rearranged to retell his story from new perspectives.

Hanlyn Davies lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. Born in Gorseinon, Wales, he attended Swansea College of Art and later earned his MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and it is represented in numerous public and private collections.