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Mr Peter Davies
Slade School of Fine Art
UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

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

Education
1994-1996
MA Fine Art Goldsmiths College University of London, UK

1989-1992
BA (Hons) Fine Art University of Brighton, UK


Solo Exhibitions

2015

RITES, The Approach, London, UK

2014

FUNCTION/RITUAL, Vladimir Resation Roitfeld, NY, USA

2012

INVOCATION, The Approach, London, UK

2009
The Epoch of Perpetual Happiness, The Approach, London, UK 

2001
New Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, London, UK

1998
New Paintings, The Approach, London, UK


Group Exhibitions

2018

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

2017

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

2016

SUMMERZCOOL, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, USA

2015

The Decorator and The Thief, NGCA, Sunderland, UK

2014

Painting About Painting, Simmons & Simmons, London

2013

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

2012

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

2011
The Indiscipline of Painting International Abstraction from the 1960’s to Now, Tate St. Ives, UK 


2010
Art, curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Galerie Haas Und Fuchs, Berlin, Germany 

2009
The Making Of Art, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany

2008

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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