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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Davon Brantley

Cleveland Ohio 44114 United States


Davon Brantley an artist based in Cleveland Ohio, shapes his body of work reflecting on personal narratives and experiences. Using an amalgam of materials, he heightens meaning erratically in textured portraits that convey heightened emotional states. Childhood trauma and experiences through life, are a motif through his body of work. Thus allowing him to tackle multiple issues through development into adult life/maturity.

Artist Statement

Davon Brantley implements self-portraiture and psychology within his work. His work is inspired by the dissociative behaviors that happen as a result of traumatic experiences and the repetition involved with traumatic experiences. Davon’s interest in psychology and how traumatic experiences not only affect you in your childhood but also within adulthood comes from the fact that Davon experienced traumatic experiences growing up that have effected his development. This has caused Davon’s work to revolve around how these experiences through life can change your relationships with family, friends, loves, and meditations on sexuality, masculinity, race and etc,. Davon leads the audience through his mind that can take the form of theater , utilizes dramatic compositions and characters that act out certain emotions and themes in which he plays all of the roles of these characters. Davon’s work is all about the experience of an African American male acknowledging the trials of the living world and the effects it has on the mind.