Mix Master Even while coming of age in Ipswich, U.K., Jon Davenport felt inexplicably drawn to the emblems of America's Deep South. Reared on staples such as The Dukes of Hazzard, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Smokey and the Bandit, the artist was moved by the gamut of Southern culture, from glorious to grotesque. But until moving to Atlanta to marry his wife, fellow local artist Christy Kinard, Davenport's creative streak concentrated in the corporate worlds of desktop publishing, Web and graphic design—work that landed major clients like Nike and Virgin, along with praise from bigwigs Tony Blair and Richard Branson. To this day, digital imagery pops up in Davenport's expressionistic paintings and photography. From Cadbury chocolate and vintage Chevy sedans, to Mad Men-era pinups and Atlanta icons—think Marietta's " big chicken" and glass bottles of Coca-Cola Classic—his mixed-media pieces capture a powerful sense of nostalgia, made all the more dynamic by faded fonts and Jackson Pollock-esque splatters. Catch this blast from the past at the artist's latest solo show (opening Jan. 10 at Matre Gallery) — an unveiling of 2 0 original paintings that repurpose retro sights for modern-day viewing. 1440 Dutch Valley Place, 404.963.6645, matregallery.net -Kate Abney. RETRO REDEFINED "Cherry Chevy I" by Jon Davenport, mixed media on panel, 4 feet by 3 feet, $4,200
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