About this artwork

When creating this painting, Davie tried to rid his mind of conscious decision-making. He abandoned traditional methods of composition and subject matter and strove to paint with complete freedom. This approach was influenced by the artist's interest in Zen Buddhism. The work was painted on two large pieces of board, laid on the floor. Davie had to stand on the board itself to reach the centre of the painting. This is one of his first paintings to incorporate footprints, some of which belong to his young daughter, Jane.

  • title:
    Blue Triangle Enters
  • accession number:
    GMA 4111
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  • materials:
    Oil on masonite (board)
  • date created:
    1953
  • measurements:
    152.00 x 191.99 cm (framed: 153.40 x 192.30 x 3.80 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