About this artwork

In this painting Davie strove to paint spontaneously, without consciously deciding on the structure of the work. He was interested in the Zen Buddhist idea of being free from conscious control. However, the paintings he made during this period still have a definite structure and often have similar features. For example, the green triangle in the top left of the painting is reminiscent of 'Blue Triangle Enters.' In the later 1950s and 1960s Davie's brushwork became more controlled and the imagery more legible; mysterious signs and symbols began to appear.

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  • title:
    Lush Life No. 1
  • accession number:
    GMA 4113
  • artist:
    Alan DavieScottish (born 1920)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1961
  • measurements:
    213.00 x 173.00 cm (framed: 215.70 x 175.30 x 4.90 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist 1997
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of Alan Davie
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Alan Davie

Alan Davie