Exhibit Explores the 'Balancing Act of Life on the Line'

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University will feature an exhibit by Los Angeles-based artist Len Davis

Len Davis, “The Biggest Surprise in a Man’s Life,” from the Karma Island Series, gouache and graphite on watercolor paper, 2015. The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University will present works by Davis from Sept. 7 - Oct. 8.

Event Details


Date: September 7 - October 8, 2016

Times: The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 1- 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays.

Location: The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University.

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.


Los Angeles-based artist Len Davis will open the 2016-17 gallery season for Augustana University’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. The exhibit, "LifeLine," will feature three separate artwork series designed to "explore the balancing act of life on the line."

The exhibit runs from Wednesday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 8.
A gallery reception featuring an artist's gallery talk is set for 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 (artist's talk begins at 7:30 p.m.).

During his time at Augustana, Davis will also hold lectures and artist workshops for community members and Augustana students.

  • A free public lecture about his art will be given at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Kresge Recital Hall.
  • The community workshops will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. Those interested in attending the community workshops should contact Gallery Director Dr. Lindsay Twa.

Well known for his mixed-media collage series that combines his drawings of the human figure with text, photographs, found objects and torn paper, Davis will present a selection from several of his ongoing series, including “A Thousand Words,” a series of 100 8-by-5 inch collages that incorporate drawings of peoples’ faces. The detailed portraits capture a range of facial expressions that are juxtaposed against text, additional drawn elements and found objects. 

Davis wants viewers to see themselves in the work.  “Not just that it looks nice aesthetically,” states Davis, “but that they see something that they can relate to.” In “The Karma Island Series,” Davis layers numerous figure drawings that reflect how our actions come with a price. 

Gallery Director Dr. Lindsay Twa said Davis' dynamic works capture the eye both through his skill in the medium and also their narrative power.

"Collage has been a modernist technique employed by artists for more than a century. It has been over a decade, however, since the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery has featured a solo exhibition completely of this technique," Twa said. "Collage is harder than it looks and few artists do it successfully. His works are particularly strong in that he blends his own fine drawings, usually portraits and figures, seamlessly into found images and texts to produce a complete composition."

About the Artist

Born in Philadelphia, Len Davis studied communications and art at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, before relocating to California. Davis has given dozens of solo exhibitions across the United States. His work has also been featured by The Gap and in the set designs of several Hollywood films and television series, including: “Two and a Half Men,” “Parks & Recreation,” and “Six Feet Under.” Learn more.