Brian Davies (1942 – 2014)
Brian Davies is an internationally renowned artist who brought the still life concept up to date. These still life studies are strongly influenced by Dutch Old Master paintings of the Seventeenth Century. Brian Davies is well known for his still life painting and some years ago he started producing another kind of picture, stripped of all superfluous elements, imparting a bold austerity to the compositions, perhaps anticipating the simplification apparent today in contemporary art and design.
The artist became interested in this genre at the beginning of his career. From a Cambrian background, Davies followed banking in London and Sydney Australia, where his painting began. After several years he abandoned finance for fine art and returned to Europe, spending time in Paris and Marseilles where he became fascinated by the seventeenth century Dutch masters. He developed an enduring interest in still life, displaying a talent that has matured over the years. His studies are painted with infinite variety, combining harmony and composition to telling effect, possessing a timeless appeal, and have earned him an enviable reputation.
Brian Davies lived in London and southern France. The fruit from the orchards and vineyards around his house in a village in the Languedoc hills are often depicted in his paintings, as are items from his collection of antique glass, pewter and porcelain, acquired over the years.
Brian Davies exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on a number of occasions and also at the Paris Salon. He is represented in collections across Great Britain, Europe and the United States.