Bare Knuckle Brawler by Michael Davis

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Michael Davis

Bare Knuckle Brawler


50.8 x 40.64 cm | 20 x 16 in

Oil on linen

This work is on loan from a private collection.

"Bare Knuckle Brawler is a portrait of a fighter. It is a portrait of someone who has worked tirelessly and sacrificed everything for that moment when they must stand and fight. It is a portrait of someone who ignores fear in order to confront something larger and unknown to them. It is a portrait of the relentless determination that it takes to succeed. The Bare Knuckle Brawler is weathered and beaten. He has fallen time and again only to rise up to continue the fight. The fighter's stance is one of protection and potential explosive energy. In one moment ready to react in defense and in the next to attack with ferocious and determined precision.

In this painting, I wanted to capture the quivering stillness of this moment. The moment of silence in which the fighter must decide whether to defend or fearlessly attack with unwavering intensity. The Bare Knuckle Brawler represents the fighter in all of us that we must decide to use.” - MICHAEL DAVIS