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Alan Davie: An Inner Compulsion - Retrospective Exhibition

18 April - 4 May 2018


Following critically acclaimed exhibitions:‘To Uncover the Hidden Unknown’ (2012) and ‘The (Wild) Eye of Wonder’ (2014) Alan Wheatley Art is proud to announce a new Retrospective Exhibition by one of the most influential Modern British artists, Alan Davie, on the fourth anniversary of his passing.    

                     
’It’s an urge, an intensity, a kind of sexual need […]. I don’t practise painting or drawing as an art, in the sense of artifice, of making an imitation of something. It’s something I do from an  inner  compulsion,  that  has  to  come  out.’    
Alan Davie with a conversation with Mark Hudson.


Alan Davie (born in 1920, Grangemouth, Scotland – died 5 April 2014, Hertfordshire) is one of Britain's most internationally acclaimed artists of the post-war era. Distinguished by spontaneity, exuberant colour and improvisation, Davie's work has been shown frequently and with great success for 70 years! 

This new exciting Retrospective Exhibition at Alan Wheatley Art spans the whole artistic career and provide the opportunity to view previously unseen early oil paintings as well as works painted by the artist shortly before he died. 

The exhibition is accompanying by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dr Michael Tucker (who collaborated on the Alan Davie monograph published by Lund Humphries in 1992).

Please contact the gallery for further details!

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A Night with the Smiling Arab, 1960

Oil on masonite
122 x 152.5 cm / 48 x 60 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso
Opus O.277

A Storm Cometh, 2011

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.2334

Drawing, 2014

Pen on paper
21 x 14.5 cm
Signed lower left and dated lower right

Fisherman's Myth No.13, 1974

Oil on canvas
101.5 x 122 cm / 40 x 48 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.787  

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

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

Homage to an Earth Goddess No.2, 1992

Oil on canvas
152.5 x 122 cm / 60 x 48 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.1204

Homage to Homo Australis No.13 (Owl), 1981

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.984A

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

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

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 Ribbon, 1993

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

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

Rocker for Birds, 1963

Oil on canvas
122 x 152.5 cm
Signed, inscribed and dated verso
Opus 0.520A
SOLD

Seated Nude, 1939

Sanguine chalk on paper
38 x 25.5 cm / 15 x 10 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the opus number lower right; also signed upper right
Opus D.39-8

Smoke Signals, No.2, 1960

Oil on canvas
183 x 152.5 cm / 72 x 60 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title and opus number verso
Opus O.329

Snake's Objectives, 1957

Oil on masonite
122 x 101.5 cm / 48 x 40 inches
Signed, dated and inscribed with the title verso