Onessimo Fine Art

Hugh Davies


Artist  Statement:
"The recent paintings have been much effected by my move from London to Florida, particularly in the current use of high-pitched (atmospheric color, clear light, reflective surfaces and low horizons. However, although the general subject matter no longer includes the human figure. I have continued my interest in depicting invented sculptural forms in a way which combines two seemingly opposite ideas- abstraction and realism That unlikely co-existence lies at the heart of this recent body of work." Hugh Davies

Hugh Davies was raised in Nigeria and England, educated in Somerset and studied Fine Art at Brighton College of Art and Chelsea College of Art, where he received his Masters Degree in Fine Arts.

He has served on the faculties of a number of distinguished institutions including Oxford University, and The University of the Arts, London, and moved to the United States to take up the position of Core Studio Program Director at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2002.

Davies' work has been exhibited in more than sixty group and solo exhibitions in internationally significant galleries and museums on the United Kingdom (Redfern Gallery, The Royal Academy. The National Museum of Wales, Bradford City Museums, Gulbenkian Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and Museum), in Paris (Galerie Sabine Herbert), Berlin (Raab Gallery) Johnannesburg (Everard Bearne Gallery),Perth (Western Australia Museum of Art) and galleries throughout America.

His works have been exhibited alongside those of the great innovators of modernism - Picasso, Dali, Henry Moore, Walter Sickert and Matisse and many of the recent masters of figuration, including Auerbach and Freud. It is no surprise therefore that his work, located in both abstraction and figuration, seems to transcend the normal categories. With the. technical accomplishments of the old masters, a combination of ambiguity and abstraction, a unique approach to color which is simultaneously contemporary and naturalistic and a coupling of irony and verisimilitude, Hugh Davies' paintings occupy a highly individual position in the spectrum of current artistic practice.

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 always 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. And Davies, through the games he makes up with each new canvas addresses these eternal ambiguities with a true seriousness and originality."


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