Alan Davie RA (1920 - 2014) was one of Scotland's most internationally recognised artists with works in public collections across the world.
Alan Davie was probably the first British painter to appreciate the significance of American Abstract Expressionism, having seen Pollock's work in Peggy Guggenheim's collection in Venice in 1948, an experience that inspired him to paint with more improvisation and on a much larger scale. In 1956 Davie made his first trip to the United States where he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Catherine Viviano Gallery where hye was introduced to Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Willem de Kooning.
By the early 1960s Davie was drawing increasingly on myth and magic symbolism, viewing himself less as an artist than as a medium, or shaman, borrowing signs and symbols from cultures as diverse as the Navajo Indians, the Caribbean islands, Aboriginal Australians, and the Ancient Egyptians, Celts and Picts.
Alan Davie has produced many joyful and intriguing works in print. The prints are an extension of his drawing and painting and are a highly important part of his artistic output.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art held a retrospective exhibition in 2000 which was followed by a survey held the following year at the Cobra Museum for Modern Art in the Netherlands. More recently, in 2003-2004, the Tate St. Ives exhibition Jingling Space celebrated Davie's significant contribution to painting. Works by Alan Davie have been purchased for collections such as MOMA and Metropolitan Museum New York; Tate and Victoria & Albert Museum London; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice.