Alan Davie 1920-2014
Scottish painter, musician and printmaker, Davie trained at Edinburgh College of Art from 1937. After military service with the Royal Artillery, he spent a period working as a professional Jazz pianist, travelling widely in Europe. In the early 1940s, he saw paintings of Jackson Pollock in Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in Venice, which informed his own mythical imagery and forceful painterly gestures.
His first one-man exhibition was in 1950 with Gimpel Fils, London. From 1953-1956 Davie taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and won the Gregory Fellowship at Leeds University, 1956-1959, during which time he visited New York.
Davie’s interest in other cultures led to his conversion to Zen Buddhism. He advocated painting being created intuitively. His work has seen wide acclaim; a large exhibition at FBA Galleries, London, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1962 and a one-man exhibition in the British section of VII Biennale at Săo Paulo, Brazil in 1963.
Davie was honoured by the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (HRSA), 1977, and became a senior fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1991. His works are held in numerous public and private collections, including the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Alan DavieStudy for the Temple, No 1signed and titled verso
painted 1956oil on board99 x 116 cms (39 x 46 ins)
framed: 110 x 127 cms (43 x 50 ins)
Alan DavieFlag Dream No 2titled and dated June 1957 label verso
opus number 224oil on board122 x 152.5 cms (48 x 60 ins)
Alan DavieLemon Quadrillesigned, dated May '61 and titled verso
Opus O 397Coil on canvas101 x 122 (40 x 48 ins)
ST IVES - MODERN BRITISH - CONTEMPORARY15 - 31 May 2019This exhibition will include a key Barbara Hepworth painting from 1961 and two Patrick Herons from the same era, along with works by Julian Trevelyan and John Tunnard all from Private Collections. The Nine British Art has always been well-regarded for sculpture and is delighted to have two recent Denis...