About this artwork

This picture was painted after Davie's father (also an artist) gave his sixteen-year-old son oil paints, brushes and a mirror and invited him to paint a self-portrait. Davie has the intense and serious look of a young artist engaged in his work, clutching the tools of his trade. The painting was submitted as part of the artist's portfolio to Edinburgh College of Art, and helped to gain him an entrance scholarship. It is probably Davie's second painting, painted immediately after another self-portrait, which the artist later destroyed.

  • title:
    Self-Portrait with Brushes
  • accession number:
    GMA 4108
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  • materials:
    Oil on wood
  • date created:
    1937
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 46.00 cm (framed: 82.00 x 66.80 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund 1997
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Alan Davie. All Rights Reserved. DACS, London 2019
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Alan Davie

Alan Davie