In this work, Davie uses a print method called monotype, which uses glass to create an image in ink which is then transferred to paper. Though the title appears descriptive, Davie likely did not set out to depict two insects. The images Davie created were the result of automatic mark making, rather than planned symbolism.
Two Insects, Yellow
Date of work
Monotype on paper 30.8 x 17.6 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.