May 6 (Sunday) 1:00 am - July 15 (Sunday) 1:00 am
Oil and watercolor paintings by St. Louis artist Daven Anderson offer an intimate view of life and activity on America’s inland waterways. The May 6 – July 15
Oil and watercolor paintings by St. Louis artist Daven Anderson offer an intimate view of life and activity on America’s inland waterways. The May 6 – July 15 Main Gallery exhibition features portraits of waterway users and inhabitants, shipping and barge scenes, urban and industrial landscapes – including views of Evansville and the Ohio River – and paintings of wildlife inhabitants.
For the artist, this exhibition represents the synthesis of two lifelong loves: Water and painting. Daven Anderson’s fascination with water was well established by the time he entered the U.S. Naval Academy. After graduation, he completed training in nuclear engineering and served four years on U.S. Naval submarines. Anderson has lived on or near the water his entire life from Chicago on Lake Michigan, to multiple points on the East Coast, Cleveland on Lake Erie and currently in St. Louis on the Mississippi River.
Interested in art since childhood, Anderson pursued painting as an avocation during his career as a submariner and later as a businessman, husband and father. His passions for the water and painting came together when he settled in St. Louis in 2006; and his photographs of the Mississippi riverfront inspired him to recreate on paper and canvas the scenes he had captured on film. After more than a decade of work, Daven Anderson has participated in dozens of exhibitions and is widely recognized as a master watercolorist. Named an official U.S. Coast Guard Artist and elected to positions as the Managing Director of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Executive Director of the Missouri Watercolor Society, he teaches watercolor classes in his studio and as a visiting artist throughout the country.
The Evansville Museum is one of six American museums to host THE RIVERS: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND WORK ON AMERICA’S WATERWAYS during its three year tour.