What’s new at the Mu? Check out Davon Brantley artwork tied to ‘seven deadly sins’

The Massillon Museum will exhibit “Awaken in the Garden My Love” – drawings, oil paintings, sculpture and installations by Cleveland artist Davon Brantley – through May 28 in Studio M. The exhibition analyzes “shadow selves” and their relationship with the “seven deadly sins” and how each is necessary in coming to terms with true balance.


Through larger-than-life portraits, Brantley leads viewers through his mind as if they were watching a play, utilizing dramatic compositions, absurd realism and characters that act out certain emotions and themes in which he plays all the roles.

Brantley earned his bachelor of fine arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in drawing. He has exhibited in and curated shows at Bay Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, CAN Triennial, Morgan Conservatory, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, and the Museum of Creative Human Art, all in Cleveland, as well as Indianapolis Arts Center. 

The artist has worked with the Museum of Creative Human Art and Graffiti HeArt in Cleveland. He furthered his printmaking skills with DeepDive Art projects and the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has participated in mural activities and advocated for younger artists.

The museum will host a free public reception for the artist from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 13. A “MassMusings” podcast interview with the artist will be posted at noon May 9 at MassillonMuseum.org

Davon Brantley works on a piece in his studio.

Why visit?

Visitors can also view “Accessible Expressions Ohio” (through May 7); “Finding Identity: Heritage as Inspiration”(through May 21); and “Tigers vs. Bulldogs: Origins of a Historic Rivalry”;The Paul Brown/Massillon Tigers Football History Timeline; Photography Gallery; Immel Circus; Local History Gallery; “Innovators of Massillon”; Judith Paquelet American Indian Gallery, Edward and Louise Mahoney Archaeological and Ethnological Gallery; and Albert E. Hise Fine and Decorative Arts Gallery are always on display.


WHAT – “MassMu Exhibition, Davon Brantley, “Awaken in the Garden My Love”

WHEN – Through May 28

WHERE – Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon

MORE –massillonmuseum.org or 330-833-4061

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