Alan Davie (1920 - 2014)
Alan Davie was born in Scotland. He served in the British army and worked as a jazz musician before taking up a career in the arts. He was inspired by a trip across Europe from 1948 to 1949 during which he encountered the work of Jackson Pollock and other Abstract-Expressionist painters. He was one of the British artists to adopt the movement but he also found other influences - in African sculpture amd Zen Buddhism.He trained at the Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1930s. In 1942 he won the Guthrie Award for the best painting by a young artist at the Scottish Royal Academy summer exhibition. He went on to gain international recognition and today he is considered by many to be one of the most important British artists of the post-war era. His work can be seen in galleries and museums worldwide, in Britain these include the Tate and the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art.
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