Prints formed an important part of Davie’s output, and he experimented with printmaking throughout his career. This bold and colourful print reflects a shift away from the layered and often textured brushwork that characterized his earlier works in favour of more formally controlled compositions of pictograms and enigmatic symbols.
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Lithograph on paper 33.3 x 61.3 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.