Alan Davie

Alan Davie (1920-2014) was born in Grangemouth and studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art from 1938 to 1940. From 1953 to 1956 Davie taught in London at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where he became interested in African and Pacific art. As a jazz musician, Davie was concerned with the importance of intuition and improvisation, as expressed in the form of enigmatic signs through his paintings and printmaking. He was inspired by American Abstract Expressionism as well as Surrealism and the Cobra group. He developed his own unique form of expression combining mythic imagery and inspiration from African and Oceanic Art as well as Zen Buddhism. Davie collaborated very closely with Dovecot to create a number of tapestries, the most notable of which is To a Celtic Spirit woven in 2013 and situated in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

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Dovecot will reopen to the public from 15 July 2020

July 2020 opening times:
Gallery & Shop
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From August 2020 opening times:
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Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021

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Closed 24, 25, 26 December 2020 and 1 January 2021