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Mr Peter Davies
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
  • Lecturer
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Born 1970, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives and works in London, UK

MA Fine Art Goldsmiths College University of London, UK

BA (Hons) Fine Art University of Brighton, UK

Solo Exhibitions


RITES, The Approach, London, UK


FUNCTION/RITUAL, Vladimir Resation Roitfeld, NY, USA


INVOCATION, The Approach, London, UK

The Epoch of Perpetual Happiness, The Approach, London, UK 

New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

New Paintings, The Approach, London, UK

Group Exhibitions


Chamber of Maiden Thought, Raydale Dower's House, Glasgow, UK


20 Years Show, The Approach, London, UK
All Day Breakfast, curated by Alastair MacKinven and Matt Copson, Reading International at Munchees, Reading, UK
Form & Volume, curated by Francesca Gavin, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden


SUMMERZCOOL, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, USA


The Decorator and The Thief, NGCA, Sunderland, UK


Painting About Painting, Simmons & Simmons, London


There Will Be New Rules Next Week, curated by Graham Domke, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK

Merci Mercy, co-curated by Christine Messineo and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA

Surface, The Gallery@The Civic, Barnsley, UK


The Indiscipline of Painting International Abstraction from the 1960's to Now, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, UK

The Indiscipline of Painting International Abstraction from the 1960’s to Now, Tate St. Ives, UK 

Art, curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Galerie Haas Und Fuchs, Berlin, Germany 

The Making Of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


Starstruck: Contemporary Art and the Cult of Celebrity, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

Research Summary

Peter Davies's recent work pursues his continued curiosity with painting and desire to arrive at a distilled and reduced idea of it. Against the backdrop of the legacy of conceptualism, and a repeated questioning of the validity of the activity of painting he is presently making hard-edged abstract paintings derived from paper collages projected onto raw canvas. The use of tearing and cutting creates a resistance which is different to the results of drawing a line. Whilst the paintings have a suggestion of gesture, the technique creates a distance from and a criticality to traditional gestural painting. The placing of the paper to make the collages is akin to the movement of materials in making sculptures. And the throwaway nature of the source material reflects the significance of abject detritus within the contemporary world.

Recent exhibitions include RITES, The Approach, London; FUNCTION/RITUAL, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, New York, USA; All Day Breakfast, Munchees, Reading; Form & Volume, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden; SUMMERZCOOL, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, USA; The Decorator and The Thief, NGCA, Sunderland.

Academic Background
1996 MA Master of Arts – Fine Art Goldsmiths College
1992 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Fine Art University of Brighton
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