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Alan Davie studied at Edinburgh College of Art 1937-40 where he won several scholarships.
In Venice in 1948 Davie met the collector Peggy Guggenheim who mentored him, introducing him to key figures of American Abstract Expressionism Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock who expanded his horizons.
From 1950 onwards Davie had solo shows with Gimpel Fils London and his first New York exhibition was in 1956 at the Catherine Viviano Gallery. In 1962 he had a retrospective at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and from then he consolidated his international reputation with a number of overseas retrospectives.
His fifty year retrospectives were at McLellan Galleries Glasgow in 1992 and Barbican Art Gallery in 1993. In 2014 the Tate showed a representative collection of his work.
Influenced by philosophies of ancient cultures particularly Zen Buddhism, he used key elements and symbols such as birds, snakes crosses and wheels for decades. Davie refused to call himself an abstract artist or be pigeonholed but remained true to his vision that his work is intuitive and open to interpretation.
|Height||51.00 cm||(20.08 inches)|
|Width||76.00 cm||(29.92 inches)|
|External Height||66.50 cm||(26.18 inches)|
|External Width||92.00 cm||(36.22 inches)|