Hugh Davies: Between Abstraction and Landscape
Hugh Davies was raised in Nigeria and England. He was educated in Somerset and studied fine art at Brighton College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, London, where he received his master’s degree in Fine Art. He has served as a faculty member on distinguished institutions, including Chelsea College of Art, Oxford University, the University of the Arts, London, and Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida.
Davies’ work has been exhibited in more than 60 group and solo exhibitions in significant galleries and museums internationally.
In the United Kingdom, these include the Redfern Gallery, The Royal Academy, The National Museum of Wales, Bradford City Museums, The Gulbenkian Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and Walker Art Gallery and Museum. His paintings have shown in Paris (Galerie Sabin Herbert), Berlin (Raab Gallery), Johannesburg (Everard Bearne Gallery), Perth (Western Australia Museum of Art), and galleries throughout America, including Allyn Gallup Contemporary in Sarasota, Hal Katzen Gallery NY, Longstreth Goldberg Gallery in Naples FL and Museum of the Arts, Sebring FL.
The artist has received awards from the Arts Council of Great Britain and the West Midlands Art Association and was elected to the London Group and the Royal Society of Arts.
Writing about Davies’ work William Packer, the distinguished critic of The London Times stated:
“Painting was ever a kind of game, one of which the artist is forever, indeed must always be, changing the rules, rules that yet remain the same. The paint is paint, the surface is flat, and to lay the one upon the other is to move into the deep space of the imagination. Davies, through the games he makes up with each new canvas, he addresses these eternal ambiguities with a true seriousness and originality.”