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          Village Myths No. 36, 1983
          Artist
          Alan Davie
          Product code
          aladav1622
          Artwork code
          T03815
          Artist code
          979
          Oil paint on canvas 213.5 x 173 cm © Alan Davie

          Village Myths is the overall title of a group of thirty gouaches and sixteen oil paintings Davie produced between November 1982 and August 1983. The mixture of mystical creatures and global symbols reflects the shared impulses and symbolism that the artist saw between different cultures and religions.

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          Artist details

          A Scottish painter and printmaker, Davie drew on imagery and symbolism from various world cultures, both ancient and modern, to create paintings of startling originality. Born in Grangemouth, Scotland in 1920, he first earned global recognition in the 1950s as one of the first British artists after the Second World War to develop an expressive form of abstraction. Fascinated by global mythologies, and seeing himself more as a medium – or shaman – than artist, he attempted to liberate painting from mental processes, creating a style that was spontaneous, improvised and complex.

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