Paul Davies


Paul Davies's art-making practice includes painting, stenciling, photography and sculpture with a focus on the relationship between the built and natural environment. He selected his subject matter to describe the manner in which architecture is mimicked on a local and global scale, in response to climatic, economic and social concerns. These environments are “stylized” through stenciling, which involves processes of repeating, mirroring and inverting images in various combinations. Utilizing a combination of analogue and digital technologies, Davies creates a form of pastiche that references the past as a means of providing a lens through which the viewer can make sense of the present. His work depicts scenes that comprise an amalgam of elements to juxtapose, repeat and mirror built and natural environments from a variety of contrasting locations. Although stenciling reiterates the ideals and anxieties associated with the subject, the relationship between the original and its reproduction is blurred through this process.

Paul Davies recently completed his Masters by research at the University of New South Wales - Art and Design, Australia. In 2013, he was awarded a Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Davies was featured with Luc Tuymans and Peter Doig in essay “Limbo Architecture - Painters of Modernism” by Aaron Betsky, Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006 - 2014), for the May 2014 edition of Architecture Review. Davies has had solo shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles. His work is held in several public and corporate collections in Australia and published in prestigious magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Art & Australia, W Magazine online, Wallpaper online, and the Australian Financial Review.

January 23 - March 28, 2015
Heather James Fine Art - Palm Desert
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