Alan Davie 1920-2014

 
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 paintied, 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.

1920
Born Grangemouth, Scotland

1937
Edinburgh College of Art

1941-6
War Service, Royal Artillery

1946-7
Jazz musician

1947
Married Janet (Bili) Gaul

1948-9
Travelled in Europe

1948
Exhibitions in Florence and Venice, paintings bought by Peggy
Guggenheim

1949
Making jewellery and silverware, Jazz musician, birth of daughter
Jane

1950
First solo show at Gimpel Fils, London, subsequently every two years
to date

1956
First American show, Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York,
subsequently shown frequently throughout the USA. Gregory Fellowship, University of Leeds.
Public lectures

1959
Teaching, Central School of Arts and Crafts, London

1960-80
Gliding, 2000 hours in England, Switzerland, USA

1962
Solo show Bienal di S
Paulo, Brazil - prize for best painter

1963-70
Experiments in lithography

1971-5
Concerts and recordings of free music

1972
Awarded CBE

1974-91
Wintered in St. Lucia

1977
Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London

1979
Visit to Australia and Bali

1991
Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art, London

2002
Visiting Professor, University of Brighton School of Art

2003
Lives and works in Hertfordshire and Cornwall, England


Selected Solo Exhibitions:


2008
Alan Davie: the Shaman's Enigma, Gimpel Fils, London and James Hyman Gallery, London, touring to Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin and Galerie Gimpel & Müller, Paris

Alan Davie, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2007
Alan Davie: Paintings 1955-67, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

2006
Alan Davie: Paintings and Drawings 1948-2004, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

2005
Alan Davie: Paintings from the Fifties and Sixties, Gimpel Filds, London

Alan Davie: A Game of Poetry, Galleria Morone, Milan

2004
Alan Davie: The Alchemical Journey, ACA Galleries, New York

Alan Davie, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Alan Davie

2003-4
Alan Davie: Retrospective, Tate St.Ives, St.Ives

2003
Alan Davie: Recent Paintings, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie Recent Paintings and Gouaches, James Hyman Fine Art, London

Alan Davie and Tony Oxley jazz event, Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin (major works at Corneliustrasse site, and paintings at Uhlandstrasse site) in conjunction with Total Music Meeting, Free Music Production

2002
Alan Davie Small Paintings 1949-2000, Howard Gardens Gallery, University of Wales Institute

Alan Davie: Magical Symbolism, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

Alan Davie: Screenprints, Godfrey & Watt, Harrogate

2001-2
Alan Davie Small Paintings 1949-2000, Touring: Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, MAC Birmingham, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie: Il risveglio della conoscenza intuitiva, Galleria Morone, Milan

Alan Davie Schilderijen Paintings 1950-2000, Cobra Museum for Modern Art, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

2000
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie - Small Paintings 1949-2000, University of Brighton Gallery

Alan Davie, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

1998
Alan Davie Paintings 1993-1998, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Alan Davie Works on Paper, Faggionato Fine Arts, London

1999
Alan Davie: New Work, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie: Works of the Nineties, UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire

1997
Alan Davie, Recent Gouaches, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, ACA Galleries, New York

Alan Davie Drawings, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Alan Davie, University of Brighton Gallery, Sussex

Alan Davie, Art Jonction, France

1996
Alan Davie: The First Years, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

Alan Davie, a microcosm, Pallant House, Chichester

1995
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

1994
Alan Davie: The Quest for the Miraculous, University of Brighton Gallery, subsequently touring to Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Ramsgate Gallery

Alan Davie, The University Gallery, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, The University Gallery, Nottingham, The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling; Barbican Art Gallery, London

Alan Davie, Bineth Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Alan Davie, ACA Galleries, Munich, Germany

Alan Davie, Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto

1993
A Retrospective, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

Alan Davie, Chicago Eva Cohon Gallery

Alan Davie, New York ACA Galleries

1992
The Alan Davie Retrospective - 1937 to the present, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, touring to Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

Alan Davie, Talbot Rice Art Gallery, Edinburgh and British Council, touring to Brussels and South America

1991
Alan Davie in the 70's, Galleri G, Heidelberg, Germany

1990
Alan Davie: Recent Paintings, Wolf At The Door, Penzance, Cornwall
Alan Davie: Recent Works, Gimpel Fils, London
Alan Davie, Galerie Bork, Copenhagen

1989
Alan Davie: Works on paper 1960-1985, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Galleri G, Helsingborg, Sweden

Alan Davie: Drawings, Kunsthandel Steinek, Vienna

Alan Davie: Works on paper, Galerie Louis Carre, Paris

Alan Davie: Major Works of the Sixties, Gimpel Fils, London

1988
Alan Davie: Magic Fountains, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie: Paintings from 1956-1988, South West Galleries Association, touring eight cities in Scotland

1987
Alan Davie: Major Works of the Fifties, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Moray House Gallery, Edinburgh

Alan Davie, Galerie Louis Carre, Paris

1986
Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

1985
Alan Davie, Galerie Apicella, Bonn

Alan Davie, Galerie Peccolo, Livorno

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Yares Gallery, Scotsdale, Arizona

1984
Alan Davie, Bath Festival Gallery

Alan Davie, Windsor Community Arts Centre

Alan Davie, Galerie Van Loe, Frankfurt

Alan Davie, Bede Gallery, Jarrow

Alan Davie, Loft Gallery

1983
Alan Davie, Galerie d'Eendt, Amsterdam

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

1982
Alan Davie, Rosenberg Fine Arts Ltd, Toronto

Alan Davie, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Alan Davie, The Arcade Gallery, Harrogate

Alan Davie, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Alan Davie, Galerie de Raam, Breda, Netherlands

1981
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Galerie Van Loe, Frankfurt, Germany

1980
Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover, Zurich

Alan Davie, Lister Gallery, Australia

1979
Alan Davie, Galeria Ado, Bonheiden, Belgium

Alan Davie, Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Alan Davie, Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Australia, Lister Gallery, Perth, Australia

Alan Davie, Art of Man Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1978
Alan Davie, Galerie Brinkman, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alan Davie, Galeria am Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Galerie Maercklin, Stuttgart, Germany

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

1977
Alan Davie, City of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen

Alan Davie, Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens, Greece

Alan Davie, Carone Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

Alan Davie, La Demeure, Paris

Alan Davie, Galerie Le Dessin, Paris

1976
Alan Davie, Hokin Gallery, Chicago, USA

Alan Davie, Galleria La Medusa, Rome, Italy

Alan Davie, Royal Oak Rubiner Gallery, Michugan, USA

1975
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Comsky Gallery, Los Angeles

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

Alan Davie, Galerie de France, Paris

Alan Davie, Youngstown Kilcawley Center, Youngstown University, Ohio, USA

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
1972
Alan Davie: Retrospective 1952-1972, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Scotish Academy, touring to Braunschweig & Karlsruhe, Germany

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

1971
Alan Davie, Galerie Lambert Monet, Geneva, Switzerland

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CCAC Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

1970-7
Alan Davie: USA Retrospective, Austin Texas, Montreal Canada, Oakland CA

1970
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Galerie Stangl, Munich, Germany

Alan Davie, Gallerie La Medusa, Rome, Italy

1969
Alan Davie, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York

1968
Alan Davie, Hudson Gallery, Detroit, USA

Alan Davie, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Alan Davie, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

1967
Alan Davie, Arts Club of Chicago, USA

Alan Davie, Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Germany

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Galerie de France, Paris

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switerzland

1966
Alan Davie, Commonwealth Institute Gallery, Edinburgh

Alan Davie, Queen's Gallery, Leeds

Alan Davie, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich

Alan Davie, Haaken Gallery, Oslo, Norway

Alan Davie, Rotterdamsche Kunstring, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1965
Alan Davie, Galerie d'Aujourd'hui, Brussels, Belgium

Alan Davie, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany

Alan Davie, Court Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

Alan Davie, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

Alan Davie, Galerie Bleue, Stockholm, Sweden

1963
Retrospective: Alan Davie, Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany

Alan Davie: Retrospective, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie: Retrospective, Kunstnernes Hus , Oslo, Norway

Alan Davie: Retrospective, Pforzheim Kunstgewerbeverein, Germany

Alan Davie, Galleria La Medusa, Rome, Italy

Alan Davie, Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

Alan Davie, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alan Davie, Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

1962
Alan Davie: Retrospective, Stedelijk Museum , Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alan Davie: Retrospective, RBA Galleries, London

1961
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

Alan Davie, Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles

Alan Davie, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy

Alan Davie, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York

Alan Davie, Galerie Rive Droite, Paris

Alan Davie, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA

1960
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London,

Alan Davie, Galerie Charles Leinhard, Zurich, Switzerland

1958
Alan Davie: Retrospective, Liverpool Walker Art Gallery & Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Nottingham University & Wakefield Art Gallery

1956-7
Alan Davie, Catherine Viviano Gallery, New York

1950-6
Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, London

1946
Alan Davie, Grant's Bookshop, Edinburgh

1948
Alan Davie, Galleria Michelangelo, Florence, Italy

Alan Davie, Galleria Sandri, Venice, Italy

Collections:


Australia:
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Austria:
Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna

Brazil:
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro
Museu de Arte Contemporanea, SPaulo

Canada:
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal
National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa

France:
Fondation Maeght, St.-Paul-de-Vence

Germany:
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
StKunstgalerie, Bochum

Ireland:
Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin
Trinity College, Dublin

Israel:
Museum of Tel Aviv

Italy:
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Netherlands:
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

New Zealand:
City of Aukland Art Gallery

Norway:
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
National Gallery, Oslo

South Korea:
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul

Switzerland:
Kunsthaus, Zurich
Kunstmuseum, Basel
Kunsthalle, Berne

United Kingdom:
British Council, London
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast
Bristol City Art Gallery
University of Brighton
University of Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
University of Manchester
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

United States
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
Detroit Institute of Arts
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Princetown University
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Washington University Museum


Selected Publications:


Bowness, A., Alan Davie, Lund Humphries, 1967.

Davie, A., Alan Davie, Gimpel Fils, 1971.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Drawings, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 1997.

Davie, A., Alan Davie - Drawings, Basel 1969, Gimpel Fils, 1969.

Davie, A., Alan Davie: Gouaches, Gimpel Fils, 1973.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Magic Fountains, Gimpel Fils, 1988.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Major Works of the Fifties, Gimpel Fils, 1987.

Davie, A., Alan Davie: Major works of the sixties, Gimpel Fils, 1989.

Davie, A., Alan Davie: Paintings 1952-72, Royal Scottish Academy, 1972,

Davie, A., Alan Davie: Paintings 1973: A series of small oils, Gimpel Fils, 1974.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Paintings and Hus Music, Gimpel Fils, 1970.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Peintures des Annes 80, Gimpel Fils, 1987.

Davie, A., Alan Davie Towards a Philosophy of Creativity, a Lecture Delivered By Alan Davie on the Occasion of the Retrospective Exhibition, Alan Davie Drawings, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art & University of Brighton Gallery, 1997.

Davie, A., Alan Davie: Village myths and other recent paintings, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, 1984.

Davie, A., Alan Davie;: A travelling exhibition of recent oils and watercolors exhibited London, Zurich, Geneva and New York, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, 1971.

Davie, A., Solo, Glasgow Museums, 1992.

Elliott, P., Alan Davie: Work published in the Scottisj National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 2000.

Gimpel, Fils, Alan Davie: Magic Fountains, Gimpel Fils, 1988.

Gimpel, Fils, Alan Davie - Recent Work, Gimpel Fils, 1991.

Gimpel, Fils, Alan Davie: Water Colours and Brush Drawings, Gimpel Fils, 1963,

Hall, D., (ed. & intro), Alan Davie, Lund Humphries, 1992.

Horovitz, M., Alan Davie (Art in progress series), Methuen, 1963.

Hyman, J., Alan Davie: Recent Paintins and Gouaches, James Hyman Gallery, 2003.

Macmillan, D., Alan Davie: Works on Paper, Talbot Rice Gallery, 1992.

Patrizio, A., & McElroy, S.D, Alan Davie: Jingling Space, Tate Publishing, 2003.

Robertson, A., Alan Davie, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1958.

Rose, A., Alan Davie: Works on Paper, The British Council (Visual Arts Publications), 1996.

Saul, M. & Glasman, J. (ed.), Alan Davie: Works of the Nineties, University of Hertfordshire, Faculty of Art & Design, 2005.

Tucker, Michael, Alan Davie: The Quest for the Miraculous, Lund Humphries, 1993.

Wood, C. P., Magic Symbolism: The Paintings of Alan Davie, Harrogate Museums & Arts, 2002.

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