Kirk Davis, at age five with keen curiosity watches as his mother draws a cartoon character of a peanut. As with any five year old, his excitement caused him to ask his mother to draw these little doodles as often as patience would allow her. That moment set ablaze a passion that would be fueled by friends and family, and unleash a desire to create.
Early into his teens, Kirk would expand his craft into the trades. Having a grandfather who was a master craftsmen, fostered an attention to detail that has persevered through today in every piece that was and is produced at Artforms Studios. The Experience with his mother, and grandfather were the springboard that launched Kirk into a relentless pursuit of knowledge and experience. East Carolina University was the perfect fit for this Kinston North Carolina native. It was there that Kirk pursued and achieved B.F.A in fine art with a focus in sculpture with a particular love for African Art History.
Working his way through college, Kirk had the life changing opportunity to appetence with Dennis Cobb; a local sculptor and foundry owner. During the several years under the tutelage of Dennis, Kirk became skilled in historical restoration and preservation. Dennis took the time to pass on the skill set of making and casting art to Kirk. All of Kirk's passion and creativity, sharpened and focused by his mentors, led to his applying this priceless knowledge to his collegiate studies and graduating at the top of his class.
In 1997, fresh out of college, Kirk would take a bold step of opening up his first, full service design studio: 1113. One of his new first jobs, was working as the designer for the world famous Hatteras Hammocks, making new and innovative designs that would help set them apart from their competition. During this time Kirk was commissioned for many works both domestically and internationally. Creating fine sculpture, one off unique furniture, sculpted hand railings and many architectural elements for high net worth clients who desired to have the very best in functional and unique art.
2002 came changing his location, and in name as well. 1113 studios, became Artforms Studios and a location closer to the beach. Morehead City, North Carolina became the new home. This new location brought new waves of creativity and allowed Kirk to continue his growth as an artist. Drawing from the energy of his new surroundings, Kirk continues to create; fusing cold steel with natural earth elements of wood, stone, and reclaimed materials.
Over the past twenty years Kirk's focus has been the design and execution of unique sculpture, furniture, and architectural metal work. Utilizing the concept of collaborative work, he encourages client input with the design process. This makes a lasting relationship and ensures an end product to please all clients whether they are individuals with a fine art commission, architects, or designers, everyone's needs will be met and most likely surpassed. It is Kirk's endeavor to communicate to others the power of art objects, creating bold new works that make a positive statement and contribute to the overall aesthetics of life.