Alan Davie Abstracts
Providing an opportunity to consider the breadth of Davie’s career, the exhibition will present a retrospective view of the artist’s work over six decades from 1945 to 2005. The twenty-two works reflect Davie’s early interest in jazz music, and the spontaneous and automatic practice of painting that he developed throughout his career. Davie acquired a vast, rich visual vocabulary of signs, symbols and motifs derived from a range of sources including Caribbean culture - which he experienced in his time living in St Lucia - to his large personal collection of African, North-American Indian and Oceanic art and artefacts. His creative influences are cited as being just as eclectic, ranging from well known European artists such as Paul Klee, to the work of his contemporaries, like the Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.
These works are vitalising and daring, and demonstrate the interior world of a man determined in his pursuit of visualising the totality of human life.