Lot 562 - Martin Davis - Flying The Flag
Acrylic and Gesso on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Martin Davis is an ex-firefighter turned artist. After university he spent more than 30 years in the fire & rescue service, during which time he found painting was a perfect antidote to the operational stresses of his working life. He committed himself fully to his art in 2008 after retirement and has spent the last 14 years finding his distinctive artistic voice. Martin is by admission an instinctive artist.
He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1976 (2.1 Economics) but in terms of art he is almost wholly self-trained, his only formal qualification being an Art GCE “O” level from his schooldays. Even so his artwork is bought by private collectors around the world and he has secured gallery space throughout the UK as well as in his native Derbyshire where he works from his home studio in Swanwick.
"Looking to the stars” Group Exhibition, Hornshaw Gallery, Brick Lane Gallery Annexe, Sclater Street, London 2016
Midlands Open Art Exhibition 2016, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbys
Pentrich Revolution Bicentenary Group Exhibition 2017, various locations throughout the year Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire
Great Sheffield Art Show 2017 & 2019, Open exhibition, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.
Summer/Autumn & Winter Exhibitions, D31 Art Gallery, Doncaster, 2021
Contemporary Portraits, Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, 2021
Royal Cambrian Academy of Art Open Exhibition, Conwy, 2022
Salon Contemporary Arts 2022, Museum of Making, Derby 2022
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, London,
Flux virtual Summer Exhibition 2022,
Salon Contemporary Arts, Derby
Leabrooks Arts Complex, Leabrooks, Derbys
Courtney Gallery, Ashbourne Derbys
Hornshaw Gallery, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
"Flying the Flag" is a good example of my figurative art as it is inspired by light, colour and a certain feeling in the composition which is almost wistful and surreal. My compositions are often associated with distant memories from childhood, here of hazy summers and the play of light and shadows.
"Work-life balance dice" I guess is a still life, but a rapidly executed one. Much of my inspiration comes from words and phrases and modern concepts. I love to use the play of words against an image when on suggests the other, even out of it's usual context. Language and visual art are natural bedfellows.
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