Francis Davison 法蘭西斯·戴維森
“In 1983, Damien Hirst saw an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery of the collages of Francis Davison which ‘blew him away’. He spent the next two years trying to emulate them, in vain. As he discovered, although Davison’s works might look casually thrown together, they are in fact immaculately crafted orchestrations of colour, shape and tone.”
－Julian Spalding, museum director, curator and author of the award-winning book The Art of Seeing
Francis Davison (1919–1984) was a British visual artist and painter. His later work, starting shortly after his marriage to Margaret Mellis in 1948, is characterised by the use of collage: coloured printed paper layered and mounted on board.
Davison never added pigments, but only used the given colours of the paper. What look like brushmarks are actually the remains of previously glued, torn-off sheets. He increasingly recycled old collages, for he worked incessantly, in the small front room of their house which he used for a studio, hardly selling anything, making his work richer and richer and bigger and bigger.
Francis Davison was a reclusive artist who never actively sought the limelight. His work was not often exhibited during his lifetime. His one major exhibition was in 1983 at the Hayward Gallery, when he preferred his work to appear anonymously without titles.
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.
After Nature: Part IIFrancis Davison X Yu Yang X Hong Kong artists 18 June - 30 July 2021After Nature II features renowned British artist Francis Davison together with Chinese ink artist Yu Yang, and four outstanding Hong Kong artists – Chloe Ho, Kassia Ko, Victor Wong and Jaffa Lam. Hong Kong’s art and in particular its ink, is a unique creation of the city’s cultural and physical...
ARTpiece 15 | Francis Davison and Yu Yang2 July 2021For this edition of ARTpiece we will explore the works of renowned British artist Francis Davison and Chinese contemporary artist Yu Yang. Their most iconic artworks are on view now at our 10th anniversary exhibition After Nature part II. “In 1983, Damien Hirst saw an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery of the collages of Francis Davison which ‘blew him away’. He spent the next two years trying to emulate them, in vain. As he discovered, although Davison’s works might look casually thrown together, they are in fact immaculately crafted orchestrations...