Signed in pencil, dated '89 and numbered 76 upper left
Alan Davie is one of Britain's most internationally acclaimed artists and is Scotland's most important artist of the twentieth century.
Throughout his life, 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, Davie's paintings are a complex yet joyous celebration of creativity that combine the expressive freedom of abstraction with a wealth of signs, symbols and words.
"I have been making drawings with a brush on paper for many years - often laying out say ten sheets on the floor. On each I make a mark or simplified form, but each time in a different place. Then I continue to add another, repeated on each page, but in a different direction - over and over. Inevitably this results in a series of variations on an evolving theme, through spontaneous improvisation. In this way, many ideas for paintings have been discovered, and eventually carried forward in different scales and media - often leading to a series of variations on a single theme, which originally evolved from drawings."
(Alan Davie in Introduction, Alan Davie, exhibition catalogue, James Hyman Fine Art, London, 2003, p. 6)