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Alan Davie

Alan Davie was born near Edinburgh in a town called Grangemouth in 1920.  From 1937 - 1941 he studied at the famous Edinburgh College of Art. A man of many talents, he played the saxophone at a performance level and toured Europe doing so, he also made jewellery in the post-war era.

Davie, visited Venice and there he saw paintings by some of the great artists of the previous generation, which influenced him greatly. Of all his influences though, his spiritual connection to Zen philosophy was a significant factor in the symbolism and application of his work. He believed that the spiritual path was about living in the moment and being free of planning or structure, this translated into his painting and that spark of freedom gave his work an edge that propelled him forwards.

Alan Davie's work has garnered many admirers over the year and this is all the more evident by the significant amount of Museums which have acquired his paintings, some of which include: Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, National Galleries of Scotland, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Tate Gallery, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Harvard University Art Museums, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Priseman Seabrook Collection, San Diego Museum of Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum.

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