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29508 Northwestern Hwy. (in the Sunset Strip), Southfield
Highway at Dix. That's the turn his life-
long concern for human rights has taken.
Brown said Davis' pieces "are scat-
far and wide," from a painting in
t 86, Pablo Davis seems
in Paris to his portrait of
nearly as feisty as when he
Gov. John Swainson
fought fascists in the
Spanish Civil War. The life- in the state capitol rotunda.
"We want a history of all he's done,
long activist is also Jewish and such a
as an artist in Detroit for more
natural artist that Mexican muralist
than 50 years," she said.
Diego Rivera let the
Born Paul Meir Kleinbordt
teenaged Davis paint minor
Above left to right: in Philadelphia in 1916,
portions of his auto indus-
Davis grew up hearing
try frescoes at the Detroit
"Family " 1970.
from his immigrant
Institute of Arts.
parents. His mother came
Still active in his south-
from the Basque region of
"Portra it," date
west Detroit studio, Davis
Spain, and his father from
has created thousands of
pieces through the years,
"My Torah portion was Jacob
including murals, pastels, oil paintings
with the angel," Davis said.
and sculptures (see
coalminer like his dad, Davis
remembers his first connection to
Jewish Detroiters commissioned him
Detroit: His local union in Pennsylvania
to paint their portraits.
sent money toward organizing Ford
Davis' friend, Kate Brown of Clinton
Motor Company autoworkers.
Township, leads the art committee of
In 1932, 16-year-old Davis took a
Parkside International Center, a south-
here to meet his idol Rivera at
west Detroit coalition, and wants to
the DIA. The painter liked the school-
identify and catalogue Davis' life's work.
boy's pencil drawings and invited him
Brown also serves on the capital
to help at Christmas break, saying,
fund committee financing an $8-mil-
"I'd like to see what a young
lion, intergenerational center that will
Communist artist can do on my wall."
consolidate Head Start/Montessori
Rivera and wife Frida Kahlo were "the
programs for preschoolers with elder
loving human beings" for taking
care. Davis is donating proceeds from
without question, Davis said. "I've
the sale of his art for the center.
never met anyone who topped them."
It will adjoin the Pablo Davis Elder
Kristallnacht, the 1938 Nazi govern-
Living Center, an 80-unit residential com-
attack on the Jews of
plex for low-income seniors on Vernor
ESTHER ALLWEISS TSCHIRHART
Special to the Jewish News
A search is on to catalogue the works
of a noted Detroit painter.
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