Oil on canvas; signed.
30 x 25.25 inches
Royal Academy, 1954, no. 57
Sally Ball, gift of the the artist, 2003
This picture, exhibited in 1954, was the first work that Gordon Davies submitted to the Royal Academy.
Davies was another Kent man. He had an extraordinary breadth of gifts, able to turn his hand to any facet of the creative visual arts. He was a most distinguished designer (for Sanderson’s wallpapers), a painter (frequently exhibiting at the RA and elsewhere), muralist, illustrator (for Profile Publications), cartoonist (for The Eagle), with sidelines as a ceramicist (with Rye Pottery) and as an author (he published Painting in Acrylics in 1991), who kept a studio in Sevenoaks until 1967, when he moved to Ashford in Kent. He and his friends Ward and Norden travelled often to Italy, where Davies would paint scenes of the local surroundings, which he exhibited regularly at the RA until 1989. His work can be found at the University of Bristol, Canterbury City Museum and Wolfson College, Cambridge, among other institutions. Celia Ward tells us, ‘He was a very unusual man, the most light-hearted of the group, and one of the funniest people that I have ever met, yet immensely knowledgable about the decorative arts, with a great capacity for friendship’.