Mark Davis was educated at Goddard College in Vermont. He began making jewelry in his teens and his dexterous metalwork is entirely self-taught. His initial forays into mobiles utilized the metals of his jewelry making: sterling silver, gold plating, and brass. His creations include standing mobiles, hanging mobiles, and wall mounted mobiles.
The variety of styles and materials that Davis uses to build his mobiles has expanded dramatically over the years to create a complex and compelling body of work. In addition to moderate scale pieces of movement, with newfound color and grace, Davis also creates large scale public and private commission pieces.
Davis says he is inspired by the playfulness of Alexander Calder. Of his own work, he says “each piece is a small universe, using form and balance as an identity with which to achieve a fully three-dimensional sculpture that moves and changes as it does so.”
His works are in numerous private collections including Richard Chamberlain, New York, NY; Howard Stern, New York, NY; Gary Trudeau, New York, NY; Julie Andrews, Los Angeles, CA, among others. His work is also in the public collections of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital; the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA; the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; and the Rose Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.