is the youngest of three children and is a life-long resident of Dallas, Tx. As a child, art to him was coloring books and wheels, and the most important rule was to stay within the lines to keep it neat!
Growing up as a teenager he was mostly involved in playing sports and music and in high school, visual art was more of taking some art classes and doing certain projects.
As time went by, he was able to mesh the love for different genres of music and art and his art mainly consisted of painting t-shirts and doing a few canvas projects as he pursued a career in architecture, which was short lived, as he became disenchanted with it after taking a few drafting classes.
Out of high school he decided to pursue commercial arts and go to college and major in Art History, but plans once again changed when he was approached by his English teacher who suggested he become an illustrator. As life goes, Quwwa encountered personal experiences which distracted him from art altogether and shifted his focus to life and family as he became more politically and spiritually involved.
After 14 years away from his art, in 2006, a simple pencil drawing he made of two homeless individuals rekindled a spark that he knew had never really died.
He says: "I needed something to motivate me... I have actually found a rebirth in my expression after being away from this love for 14 years. I don't regret being away from it, for I feel my art is a deep reflection of all that I have learned and felt during that time being. My maturation from a young man into a much wiser, more responsible person has allowed me express my joy, pain and struggle as a human being living in a society which seems to be losing touch with its humanity."
Quwwa says that most of his creations are dark-oriented, which gives a dark mood, but in that dark mood his intention is to face the problem head-on in order to feel the liberation of freedom. In some cases you can call his art "reverse psychology", inducing the negative to bring about the positive.
Recently he became deeply entrenched with textures, as textures to him are unpredictable, and at the same time challenging. They also allow him to play with his art, although the subject matter may be serious and at times disheartening.
"I feel this balance is sorely needed to insure that my art can be taken seriously while at the same time offer hope. After it is all said and done, I want my art to give people the opportunity to express and convey feelings that a materialistic and artificial society wants to stifle. I also want it to provoke thought and raise consciousness, and spur movement that will uplift and return mankind back to his/her God-given honorable position." ~ Quwwa Davis
Visit Quwwa at: Quwwa Art
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