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Alan Davie

Moon Bow No.6, 1960

Oil on canvas
23 x 30.5 cm
Opus OG.203

SOLD

Piggy Chain No.1, 1960

Oil on canvas
101.5 x 122 cm
Signed and dated verso
Opus O.324

Butterfly Stick, 1961

Oil on paper on board
46 x 57 cm
Signed and dated and inscribed with the title and opus number lower right
Opus OG.61-68

Castle for Queen 'B', 1961

Oil on canvas
30.5 x 42.5 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso
Opus O.426A

SOLD

Dreamer on the Shore, 1961

Oil on paper
29 x 56.5 cm
Signed and dated

Gad Flowers, 1961

Oil on paper
41 x 54 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number lower right
Opus O.225F

Hands off My Mangoes, 1961

Oil on paper laid on board
42 x 61 cm
Signed and dated
Opus O.G.222GA

Hold Me, 1961

Oil on paper on board
42 x 53.5 cm
Signed and dated lower right and inscribed with the title and opus number upper centre
Opus OG.61-74

Joe's Lucky Dip, 1961

Oil on canvas
122 x 152.5 cm / 48 x 60 inches
Signed, inscribed and dated ‘Oct 1961’ verso
Opus O.411

Love in the Bones, 1961

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

Red Man's Big Beat, 1961

Oil on paper laid on board
42 x 61 cm
Signed and dated; also inscribed and dated verso

Spray Day, 1961

Oil on paper
27.9 x 58.4 cm
Opus O.222H

Wheel on the Tight Rope, 1961

Oil on paper laid on board
42 x 53.3 cm
Opus OG.223/61-33

Woodpecker's Choice, 1961

Oil on canvas
101.5 x 122 cm
Opus O.389B

Duckie Doings, 1962

Oil on canvas
152.5 x 122 cm
Signed, inscribed and dated' Jun 62' verso
Opus O.479

Joystick No.1, 1962

Oil on canvas
122 x 152.5 cm
Opus O.436

SOLD

Flyaway Skull, 1963

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.514B

Little Resurrection, 1963

Oil om canvas
122 x 101.5 cm / 48 x 40 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.517

Rabbit Moves, 1964

Oil on canvas
51 x 61 cm
Signed, dated and inscribed with opus number verso; also dated and inscribed with the title and opus number on the stretcher
Opus O.G.2929

Golden Tree No.2, 1965

Oil on board
122 x 152.5 cm / 48 x 60 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.566A

Malecross, 1967

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

Horn Pointer, 1968

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

The Meaning of 'E' No.2, 1968

Oil on canvas
152.5 x 122 cm
Signed, inscribed and dated verso
Opus O.590A1

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

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.

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