Alan Davie is a painter and Jazz musician known for his paintings of symbols and abstracted forms that flow from unconscious improvisations of dream, dance, music and mysticism. His paintings are influenced and inspired by Zen Buddhism, ancient arts, African and Indian cosmology and the iconography of myth.
He is widely recognized as one of Britain’s most significant living artists. His work is considered to be a critical link between post-war British and International art. Since 2000 he has had major retrospectives at the Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh; the Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam and the Tate St Ives, London.
He was born in Grangemouth, Scotland and attended the Edinburgh College of Art from 1937 to 1940. In 1941 he won an Andrew Grant scholarship which enabled him to travel extensively throughout Europe. In Venice his artwork captured the attention of Peggy Guggenheim who purchased a painting and helped to launch his reputation and career. At his first New York exhibition in 1956 The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo acquired his works for their permanent collections
His artwork is included in numerous museum collections including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; Institute of Arts, Detroit; Kunsthaus, Basel, Switzerland; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; and the Tate Gallery, London.