Paul Davies - Artist portrait, photo via snakesandladderstv

Paul Davies/ Paul Davies

Australia 1979

Sculpture, Painting

Paul Davies
Paul Davies
Male
Australia
1979

With the skillful combination of the acrylic paint, photography and stencil art, Paul Davies create narrative paintings whose imagery refers to the juxtaposition of the architecture and natural environment. Starting from collages, his primal inspiration was famous Japanese graphic works as The Great Wave off Kanagawa until he discovered the organic buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and made a distinctive mixture of all. His homes, set in idyllic, leisure landscapes are uninhabited and the scenes, devoid of human presence, encourage the viewer to experience this living space generating the personal narrative. Although seem realistic, these images represent the blend of different elements from various locations.

Paul Davie - Home Mirror Flip, 2015 (Left) - House and Palms (Right)
Paul Davie – Home Mirror Flip, 2015 (Left) / House and Palms (Right)

Exploring the Relationship Between the Architecture and Nature

Davies was born in 1979, and he became interested in art since the age of seven, inspired by cartoons drawing Asterix and Obelix and work of Australian artist Jeffrey Smart. He gained his education in sculpture at the College of Fine Arts UNSW and soon after discovered the graffiti and Sidney street art scene, implementing these techniques into his sculptural works. In 2014, he finished his Masters by research at the same college, with the subject of investigation the relationship between the architectural and natural elements in his work.

His further exploration of this topic naturally led to translation from stencil to sculpture. The essence of his process is based on the use of hand-cut stencils on digital photographs that contribute that the relationship between the original and its reproduction be blurred. For example, his series Blow-Up is based on photographic work. Referencing the old film of the same name, from 1966, he again depicts abandoned architecture, provoking the tension between the subject and the viewer.

His creative process is based on the use of hand-cut stencils

Paul Davie - Abandoned Roadside (Left) - Tree House, 2016 (Right)
Paul Davie – Abandoned Roadside (Left) / Tree House, 2016 (Right)

What Awaits Us in the Future?

Creating vivid images deftly colored with the delicate hand-cut paper stencil, Davies opposed the ideals of domestic architecture to the universal environment, exploring the relationship as the portrait of space. Drawing the inspiration from work of David Hockney, Jeffrey Smart, Peter Doig, Jon Cattapan and Rachel Whiteread, he follows their painterly, photographic and sculptural practice, adjusting the content to his artistic needs. Davies images evoke the sense of nostalgia keeping the viewer in the present but in a constant uncertainty about unknown future open to interpretation.

The artist is represented by The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong.

Paul Davies currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Featured image: Paul Davies – Artist portrait, photo via snakesandladders.tv
All images courtesy of the Cat Street Gallery

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013 Flattening Sublime Olsen Irwin Gallery, SydneySolo
2013 Flattening Sublime Cite Internationale des Arts, ParisSolo
2013Sydney Contemporary Olsen Irwin GalleryGroup
2013Albany Art Prize FinalistUnknownGroup
2013Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2013Natural Selection The Fine Art Society ContemporaryGroup
2013Sovereign Art Foundation Prize Hong KongGroup
2013Fleurieu Art Prize FinalistUnknownGroup
2013Yering Station Art Prize Finalist UnknownGroup
2013Arnold Bloch Leibler Art Prize Finalist UnknownGroup
2013Reflections - The M Collection Exhibition Dianne Tanzer GalleryGroup
2012Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2012Pat Corrigan: Art Collector Maitland Regional Art GalleryGroup
2012Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2012Wild Australian Yen Reis Gallery SingaporeGroup
2012Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist SydneyGroup
2012Melbourne International Art Fair Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2012Pulse Art Fair Miami Fine Art Society ContemporaryGroup
2012Hampton’s Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2011Paul DaviesThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2011Portraits Gold Coast City Regional Art GallerySolo
2011Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery at Christine Abrahams Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2011Signal 8: Salon Show The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2011NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize finalist SydneyGroup
2011Wattle Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011Self Portraits China Heights Gallery, Sydney Group
2011Hampton’s Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2011Art London Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2011Hong Kong International Art Fair The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2011Toronto International Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2011Pat Corrigan: Art Collector Maitland Regional Art GalleryGroup
2010Hampton’s Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2010Art Chicago Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery Group
2010Miscellanea Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2010Hong Kong International Art Fair The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2010Evocatecture Heather James Fine Art GalleryGroup
2010Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2010Paul DaviesRebecca Hossack Art Gallery, LondonSolo
2010Paul DaviesLawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2010King’s School Art Prize finalistUnknownGroup
2010Dragon Garden The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2010Melbourne international Art Fair Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2010London Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2010LA Art Show Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2010San Francisco Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2010Structural Through-Line (Coherence) Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010A Summer Survey Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2009No Comply Red Bull Gallery, SydneyGroup
2009London Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery!Group
2009Toronto Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery!Group
2009Paul DaviesCat Street Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2009Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2009Finalist - Royal Bank of Scotland Australian emerging Artist AwardUnknownGroup
2009Hong Kong Art Fair The Cat Street GalleryGroup
2009Affordable Art Fair Paris Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2009Hampton’s Art Fair Rebecca Hossack Art GalleryGroup
2008Melbourne International Art Fair Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2008Finalist - ABN-AMRO Emerging Artist AwardUnknownGroup
2008Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
20082 X 2 Tim Olsen Gallery Group
2008University of Sydney PALM Awards Guest Judge for Art PrizeGroup
2007Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery, SydneySolo
2007Across the Board Cancer Council, Wallspace GalleryGroup
2007100th Heights China Heights, SydneyGroup
2006Melbourne International Art Fair Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2006Group Show Tim Olsen GalleryGroup
2006Sydney Art Fair Tim Olsen Gallery Group
2006Paul DaviesTim Olsen Gallery SydneySolo
2005Department blank space, SydneyGroup
2005Paul Daviesblank_space Gallery, Sydney Solo
2005Paul Daviesblank_space Gallery, Sydney Solo
2005Sydney Art Fair Soho Galleries, SydneyGroup
2005Group show Touch Galleries, SydneyGroup
2004Paul Davies2 Step Gallery, SydneySolo
2004Paul DaviesFirst Draft Gallery, SydneySolo
2004Vans off the wall George Street, SydneyGroup
2004Eloquence (a group thing) blank space, SydneyGroup
2003Paul DaviesSpace3 Gallery, SydneySolo
2003Graffiti and Stencils Knot Gallery, SydneyGroup
20033D’s Space3, SydneyGroup
2003Stencil exhibition Surry Hills Labour Club, SydneyGroup
2002Appliance UNSW Solar Research Centre, SydneyGroup
2002Group Show PCL Gallery, SydneyGroup
2001Paul DaviesDK Restaurant, LondonSolo
2001Photography Prize winner TNT Magazine, LondonGroup
2000Seven Senses, Mercedes Fashion Week Kudos Gallery, SydneyGroup
2000Walking the Streets SydneyGroup
2000Dialogue COFA Graduation show, SydneyGroup
2000Con-struct College of Fine Arts, SydneyGroup
1999Yerg UNSW College of Fine Arts, SydneyGroup