About this artwork

1956 was a pivotal year for both Davie’s career and the development of his work. He began to gain widespread critical acclaim and travelled to New York for his first solo exhibition in America. While there he met Jackson Pollock and other influential Abstract Expressionists. Following a practice developed in his brush drawings of the early 1950s, Davie began making paintings in series, notably Image of the Fish God and Woman Bewitched by the Moon. This work, No.2 from a series of five, shows the influence of Abstract Expressionism in the bold, physical brush strokes suggesting an anthropomorphic central figure. However, Davie recalls that "the figurative reference was not done consciously, it just came out that way".

Alan Davie

Alan Davie