born Washington, DC
Originally a newspaper reporter, Davis began painting in the late-1940s and had his first exhibition in 1959. His work was shown at Fischbach Gallery in New York in 1967 and he had a one-man exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art the following year. A retrospective, "Gene Davis. The Early Years" followed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in 1970.
Davis was associated with the Washington Color Painters, and produced his first edge-to-edge vertical stripe painting in 1958. This was to remain his preferred style although, more so in his prints, there were often variations in the grouping of lines, and their individual thickness.