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George (FG Davis) and Ian have exhibited previously with paintings that sit well together. Their shared passion for colour and surface is well represented in this joyous, uplifting and sophisticated exhibition of paintings and mixed media works.
Ian’s paintings refer mainly to landscape, exploring colour and surface.
My paintings are responses to the environment. When you paint something so much is removed - scale, movement, sound, smell, touch, so you are left with having to communicate all that through the remaining sense. I aim to paint the experience of looking at something rather than recording figuratively what I see. I like to analyse what qualities are holding my attention and explore the visual elements that will enable me to share that experience. Ian studied at Chester School of Art, Leeds College of Art and Manchester University. Most of his working life has been in art education in schools and colleges in the UK and Zambia, as well as working as a copywriter, gallery director and mural painter.
He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and since moving to Devon in 2007 has shown at Harbour House, Birdwood House and The Ariel Centre in Totnes, Dartington Hall, The Crypt Gallery St. Ives, and the Bunker Project which he organised from 2011 - 2013. F G Davis: For me colour and surface quality are two essential building blocks in the process of making any work. They form an individual language which can tap the essence of emotion and inspire the imagination. Through this instinctive process of observing, remembering, interpreting and dissecting a subject the painter reduces concrete existence into pure elements of light, space and volume. Intellectual and emotional responses are combined to re-interpret perceptions into a newly ordered reality, both for the artist as well as the viewer. A successful painting can take them both on a journey revealing a new way of seeing and understanding and this is often achieved most effectively when integrity and passion are transmitted through the work.
Trained in graphic design, exhibition display, interior and environmental design, fine art and art education, George retired six years ago from teaching to concentrate on painting. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and has work in private collections worldwide.
Passion for Colour will be on display at Harbour House, Kingsbridge from Tuesday 22nd May - Sunday 3rd June