JAMES ALAN DAVIE 1920- 2014

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Jajam

Oil on paper

8 x 11½ in. 

Provenance: The Artist's studio, Opus Og. 37732013, Gimpel Fils. London

£1,950

 

Jajam by

Naturvolker

Oil on paper

8 x 11½ in. 

Provenance: The Artist's studio, Opus Og. 37732013, Gimpel Fils. London

£1,950

 

Naturvolker by

Study for a Figure Mask 1975

Gouache

23 x 32 in.

£8,500

Provenance: The artist AD No 14 8/16

 

Study for a Figure Mask 1975 by

James Alan Davie was a Scottish painter and musician. He was born in Grangemouth in 1920[and studied at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1930s. An early exhibition of his work came through the Society of Scottish Artists. Like Pollock, many of Davie's works have been executed by standing above the painting, which is laid on the ground. He added layers of paint until sometimes the original painting has been covered over many times. Despite the speed at which he worked (he usually had several paintings on the go at once), however, he was adamant that his images are not pure abstraction, but all have significance as symbols. Championing the primitive, he saw the role of the artist as akin to that of the shaman, and remarked upon how disparate cultures have adopted common symbols in their visual languages..

 

 

 

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