Stephen Davan is an artist and illustrator from the world of theater design.
For much of the past decade Stephen has made his career as an associate scenic designer for theater, employing his skills in model building, graphic design, drafting, and illustration to help develop and adapt the designs for Broadway productions including Angels in America, Frozen, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and the current world tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
As a visual artist, Stephen draws heavily upon his education in architecture and his career on Broadway. His work encompasses a variety of subjects—urban scenes, backstage life, the male figure—all rendered with a theatrical sensibility and careful draftsman’s eye.
A special attention to gay lives, histories, and desires runs through much of Stephen's work, most recently in his rainbow-hued “NYC Pride” series celebrating historic queer sites around New York City. His paintings of gay men in Provincetown have been seen for the past two summers at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum’s 12x12 show, and his figure drawings were exhibited at RISE:NYC, a 2019 gallery show featuring rising queer artists.
Stephen’s parallel careers in theater and visual art converge again in two current projects: the cover design for the cast album of the new Tom Kitt/John Logan musical Superhero, recently released on Sony Masterworks; and "In Rehearsal," a forthcoming series of drawings and paintings inspired by Stephen's experiences working alongside stagehands, actors, and dancers onstage and behind the scenes.
Follow on Instagram at @stephendavan.art.
Prints, cards, & other products available at society6.com/stephendavan.
For commissions, original work, theater inquiries, or just to say hello: firstname.lastname@example.org.