To coincide with the Edinburgh Festival James Hyman is pleased to present the second of three exhibitions devoted to the greatest Scottish artists of the 20th century.
Alan Davie. Variations on a Theme presents for sale, for the first time, individual prints from the special boxed set of screen prints commissioned from Alan Davie by the gallery.
Discussing his drawing technique, in a series of letters exchanged with James Hyman Alan Davie writes:
"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)