Robert V. P. Davis
The Child Factor
An International Art Exhibition
(February15 through September 15, 2021)
I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, earning a Diploma in Fine Arts Painting. My work as a painter, sculptor, designer and illustrator has been exhibited in Baltimore, Washington, D. C. New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Chicago, Utah, Texas, Arkansas and Los Angeles, as well as in Sinop and Ankara, Turkey. Over the years, I have received commissions, numerous awards and made many sales.
From 1964 to 1974 I had my studio on the third floor of a row house owned by St. Ann's Catholic Church in a ghetto area of Baltimore, Md. To this day, some 56 years later, it is still a ghetto, with few opportunities for many children to escape a world of violence, crime and poverty. For seven years, as "Mr. Bob" I taught art every Saturday to 20 to 40 children, depending on the weather. Most were bright, energetic and very likable. It broke my heart knowing that their prospects for a bright future were so limited. I was 29 years old when I completed these works of art. I am now 81, the neighborhood has deteriorated further, and I'm still trying to understand how we can be so cruel.
A Tear For Poverty
Tears and blood are spilled every day by children trapped in circumstances out of their control. Some are able to escape. Many become victims of people and forces only too willing to take their innocence for cash.
It's too easy to ignore an underworld that most of us will never face. This young lady is the only one who is living the truth at this moment - being sold to the highest bidder, usually multiple times a day.
Cry Of Death
We see these images daily on TV and other media. Mothers in anguish cradle their dead or injured children as their other children cling to her, lost and stunned.
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Portions of the art sale proceeds will go to these two charities. Click to learn more about their work.