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Red, Grey and Fawn

Item Code: FD-92251-u
Medium
Collage
Date of Work
1971-73
Signed
Unsigned
Height (cm)
69
Width (cm)
87
Base price $20,697
Includes free standard framing and uk delivery
A hitherto unseen Davison collage, previously in the possession of Julian Spalding who acquired them directly from the artist.

Art historian Spalding was a close friend and confidante of Davison. He organised the 1982 Hayward exhibition of Davison's work and catalogued the estate.

The work of Francis Davison was never meant to be easy. In execution, the artist limited himself to the purism of found paper, cut or torn and never painted. In interpretation, he insisted at his only major lifetime exhibition that his work be hung untitled, unattributed, and without description. His tremendous personal shyness seeped into his exquisite collages, and it is only with time and contemplation that they begin to reward with their own peculiar, hidden resonances.
Francis Davison portraitFrancis Davison was adopted and brought up in the south of France. Though he read English at Cambridge University and intended to become a poet, in 1946 Davison was invited to go to St. Ives by his former school friend the artist Patrick Heron. There he met Margaret Mellis, settling in Suffolk in 1950. By 1952 Davison had begun to work in collage, and would do so for the next 20 years.

Davison said that he was the only true collagist, relying entirely on found papers, more often torn than cut. Even half-paralysed, Mellis would hold papers while he tore them. Davison asked that no biographical information, dates or titles be displayed at his 1983 Hayward Gallery exhibition, insisting that viewers bring their own interpretations to the work. Davison died just a year later.
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