Alan Davie | the artist
The artist Alan Davie
Born Sept 28 1920, Grangemouth, Scotland, UK.
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Davie was born in Grangemouth, near Edinburgh and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. In 1948 he saw the work of the American Abstract Expressionists and was impressed by their intensity and freedom. Davie abandoned traditional methods of composition and subject matter and sought to free his art from premeditated decision-making…
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Alan Davie is a painter and Jazz musician known for his paintings of symbols and abstracted forms that flow from unconscious improvisations of dream, dance, music and mysticism. His paintings are influenced and inspired by Zen Buddhism, ancient arts, African and Indian cosmology and the iconography of myth…
…in the 1950s Davie combined his interest in the primitive and magical with an energetic, spontaneous way of working associated with the American Abstract Expressionists.
Davie’s work is layered with symbols, found in sources as varied as American Indian pottery, cosmographic maps, ancient rock carvings, aboriginal art, Indian miniatures and even phrases from academic textbooks. Having completed this painting, Davie found the central portion reminiscent of a giant convex mirror, which the viewer looks up at or down on to, hence the title…