On December 30th, 2020, the world suddenly and unexpectedly lost the bright light of Terrell Davis.
Beloved son, brother, artist, friend, and super fan; Terrell Davis filled the lives’ of his loved ones with laughter, joy, and art.
Terrell developed a singular style early in his artistic career, garnering national recognition while he was still in high school. At a young age, he was participating in and curating gallery shows, and co-created Tensquare, an online and virtual gallery.
By the time he started at the School of Arts Institute Chicago in 2016, he had launched his artist brand, terrell®, and built a body of work that revealed a talent far beyond his age.
In 2020, Terrell graduated from the School of Arts Institute Chicago at the age of 22, while contributing to major projects for Opening Ceremony, Club Quarantine, Second Sky Fest, and Redbull music. A lifelong dedicated student who was constantly sharpening his eye and style, Terrell never confined himself to a singular medium within digital art. He created clothing, visuals for musicians, music videos, zines and books, prints, live streams, and curated exhibits. His final school project, debuted at the 2020 Spring Undergraduate Exhibition at SAIC, was Physical Retrospective I: 2015-2020, a curated selection of his own artwork with the volume and organization of an artist with decades of experience.
Terrell’s instantly iconic work evoked a glowing, unobtainable, meticulous neo-nostalgia that resonated both with his peers and the art community at large. He was widely admired and respected for his incredible sense of composition, color, and curation. Terrell was an active member of the LGBTQ community both online and off, and had an ardent passion for social justice. He upheld those principles to the highest standard, and incorporated them into his practice and lifestyle.
Many believed that Terrell Davis was destined for artistic super-star greatness. His sudden absence after a brief illness has left a hole in the world that will never be replaced. His impact is undeniable and everlasting, and he will be deeply missed by his peers.
The digital arts community has come together to honor and remember Terrell’s incredibly artistic legacy. Please consider donating or sharing this campaign to help with unexpected and mounting medical and funeral costs. All donations go directly to the Davis Family.
For more information on Terrell’s incredible work, please see the links below:
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