Davie produced prints throughout his career, beginning with his experiments in the 1940s and continuing until his later years. He did not distinguish between his paintings, drawings and prints, but saw them all as stemming from an intuitive mark-making instinct. This lithograph, produced in 1968 is a striking example of his use of bold areas of black.
For the Hens (trial proof)
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 51.4 x 77.2 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.