Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off World

10:00 on 22 January 2021 to 17:00 on 6 March 2021

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Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off World

Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off World celebrates the centenary of Scottish artist Alan Davie (1920-2014). Featuring rarely seen works from each decade of his career, as well as a tapestry and rug created in collaboration with Dovecot Studios, this exhibition is a timely tribute to one of the greatest Scottish artists of the 20th century.

Alan Davie was a true polymath. A painter, jeweller, and jazz musician, he built a multidisciplinary practice and he sought the magic in all his pursuits, in particular painting. Drawing from private collections, Alan Davie: Beginning of a far-off World explores Davie’s evolution as an artist from early paintings as a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art to drawings from a series made during the last year of his life. A tapestry Cosmic Spiral and rug Celtic Spirit II created by Davie and Dovecot Studios mark a significant creative relationship and demonstrate the artist’s interest in the tradition and art of weaving.

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This exhibition is curated by Edinburgh College of Art graduate Siobhan McLaughlin, with the support of Dovecot Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer.

Alan Davie and Dovecot Studios Cosmic Spiral and Celtic Spirit II are available to purchase. Please contact us for more information.

Image: Alan Davie, Mama Idol 1976. Image courtesy of Gallery 108, Harrogate


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