During the 1960s, Davie’s work began to take on bolder expressive forms, often featuring the symbolism of global cultures. This lithograph, made at a time when the artist was increasingly interested in narrative and myth, features monolithic shapes that recall ancient cultures. The use of strong colours and layered, rough textures gives the composition an enigmatic and uncertain mood.
Sleep My Angel
Date of work
Lithograph on paper 57.8 x 81.3 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.