Daven Anderson, “Heading Home,” 2016, watercolor on board, 23 x 35 in. © Daven Anderson 2017

How do you define the genre of “Urban Realism”? Self-described as such, this accomplished watercolorist is making colorful waves in our nation’s Midwest. Who and where?

Daven Anderson describes himself as an “urban realist,” painting life as he sees and experiences it on city streets and alleyways. Now on view through March 27 at St. Louis, Missouri’s Mercantile Library are a number of lovely waterscapes by Anderson that draw attention to the importance of our nation’s waterways.

Predominantly a self-taught artist, Anderson has spent years using watercolor to explore his fascination with urban life. Via his webpage, Anderson suggests, “One of his artistic intentions is to complete a series of approximately 65 works of the people and work on the inland waterway system.” About 30 of these works are exhibited at the Mercantile Library, and Anderson plans on completing his series in 2017. Along with a 100-page catalogue, several other museums have planned showing the series, including the Crisp Museum of Art. Other will be announced soon on his website below.

To learn more, visit Daven Anderson.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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