Julyan Davis, who joined our galleries this fall, is known for paintings of interiors as well as landscapes. But don’t expect pretty scenes of sunlit living rooms, oriental rugs and vases of flowers on a polished table. Instead Julyan has continued his years-long exploration of the South by capturing glimpses into the past life of buildings, from mansions to farmhouses, that have long been abandoned. He paints rooms with faded, peeling walls, remnants of furniture shoved at odd angles, and random objects on the floor. Julyan says on his website, “This kind of subject matter brought me to the States. Most things I’ve painted are gone: torn down or gentrified. It’s a race.”
Here in Carteret County, he has found fresh material for his interiors in the form of Down East fish houses. Historically significant to our area, they are also disappearing at a rapid pace, being replaced by condos, McMansions and fancy marinas.
We have just received his first completed interior of a long-closed fish house in the town of Atlantic.