From 1971, Davie began spending six months of each year living and working on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, where he produced rapid sketches, drawings and gouaches, which he later worked on in his studios in Hertfordshire and Cornwall. This lithograph, more formal in composition than his earlier works, reflects the renewed connection he felt with ancient cultures, especially those less understood in the West.
Bird Through Wall
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 50.2 x 70.8 cm © Alan Davie
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.