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Alan Davie

Horn Pointer, 1968

Oil on board
45.7 x 53.3 cm
Signed and dated ‘Dec 68’ verso
Opus OG.469C

In Such Cases, 2008

Oil on board
37 x 32 cm / 14 ½ x 12 ½ inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso
Opus O.1980

In the Night Blue Turns to Red, 1950

Oil on masonite
122 x 122 cm / 48 x 48 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso

Inner Sanctum, 2008

Oil on board
32 x 37cm / 12 ½ x 14 ½ inches
Opus O.1976

Insignias of the White Knight, 1958

Oil on paper laid on board
42 x 53.3 cm
Signed and dated

Island Fantasy, 1999

Screenprint
SP 3/3

Little Ball Game, 1960

Oil on paper
42 x 53 cm
Signed and dated
Opus OG.133

Little Dog in a Trance, 1978

Oil on canvas
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Signed, inscribed and dated ‘Aug 78’ verso 

Los Observadores del Cielo a la Tierra (Divine Play), 1998

Oil on canvas
122 x 101.5 cm / 48 x 40 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.1146

Love in the Bones, 1961

Oil on canvas
152.5 x 183 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with title verso

Lure for Demons, 2004

Oil on board
30.5 x 25.5 cm / 12 x 10 inches
Opus O.1686

Lute Player in a Trance, 1970

Oil on canvas
122 x 152.5 cm / 48 x 60 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.637

Magic Fruit, 2008

Oil on board
37 x 32 cm / 14 ½ x 12 ½ inches
Opus O.1939

Magic Glass, 2000

Oil on board
27 x 30 cm / 10 ¾ x 11 ¾ inches
Opus O.1560

Magic Ribbon, 1993

Oil on canvas
101.5 x 122 cm / 40 x 48 inches
Opus O.1253

Magic Windmill, 1999

Oil on board
30 x 37.5 cm / 11 ¾ x 14 ¾ inches
Opus O.1439

Malecross, 1967

Oil on canvas
51 x 61 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus OG.320

Monk's Vision, 1958

Oil on canvas
213.5 x 173.5 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso

Monument to the Caribs No.23, 1976

Oil on canvas
101.5 x 122 cm / 40 x 48 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso
Opus O.845

Moon Maiden Walls No.2, 1970

Oil on canvas
122 x 152.5 cm / 48 x 60 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.623

Om Eyes No.2, 1994

Oil on board
37 x 29.5 cm / 14 ½ x 11 ½ inches
Opus O.1308

Orale, 2009

Oil on board
40.5 x 35.5 cm / 16 x 14 inches
Opus O.2070

Phantom Horse, 1961

Oil on paper on canvas
51 x 61 cm
Signed and dated lower right, inscribed with the title and opus number lower left
Opus OG.61-75

Philosopher's Stone, 1957

Oil on board
152.5 x 198 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso
Opus O.235

ALAN DAVIE  British, 1920 - 2014
 

Alan Davie is one of Britain's most internationally acclaimed artists and is Scotland's most important artist of the twentieth century. He was the first British painter - and perhaps the first of all European artists - to realise the vitality and significance of American Abstract Expressionism.

Throughout his life Alan Davie obsessively drew and painted, producing paintings of startling originality, vitality and daring. Combining imagery derived from different world cultures with a love of music and language, Alan Davie's paintings are a complex yet joyous celebration of creativity that combines the expressive freedom of abstraction with a wealth of signs, symbols and words.

Having seen the Jackson Pollock paintings from Peggy Guggenheim’s collection in Venice in 1948, Alan Davie was inspired to begin painting on a much larger scale, in an improvisatory way, with vigorous, aggressive handling of paint. Alan Davie added to a concentration of colour - already a remarkable feature in Jackson Pollock’s work before 1945 - the possibility of recognizing shapes, suggestions of movement and primitive, magical rituals.
Alan Davie explored a diverse range of activities: from 1949 to 1953 he earned his living by making jewellery and in 1947 he worked as a jazz musician, an activity he had continued in later life. Alan Davie also wrote poetry during the early 1940s.

As early as 1958 Alan Davie emphasised the importance in his work of intuition as expressed in the form of enigmatic signs. During the 1960s, both in paintings and in coloured lithographs, he represented such images with increasing clarity at the expense of gestural handling. Taking on the role of a disinherited shaman, Alan Davie created a synthesis of mythologies from a variety of cultures for a modern civilisation devoid of its own village myths.

Alan Davie was elected a Senior Royal Academician in 2012.
The Telegraph, Obituary

Public collections include:
Australia
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Brazil
Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo
Canada
Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa
Germany
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Italy
Trevi Flash Art Museum Of Contemporary Art, Trevi
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Portugal
Berardo Museum - Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão - Fundacão Calouste Gulbenkian
South Africa
Iziko South African National Art Gallery, Cape Town
Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria
Switzerland
Schaulager, Münchenstein / Basel
United Kingdom
Arts Council of England
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham
British Council City Art Centre, Edinburgh 
Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge 
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds 
Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh 
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton 
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Ulster Museum, Belfast Northern Ireland
The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
The Fleming Collection, London
Tate, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
USA
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Art, San Francisco
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK