About this artwork

From the mid-1990s Davie made a number of large landscape and cityscape paintings. The spiralling form on the right of the canvas derives from the large stone slab from the Gavr Inis Gallery Grave in Baden, southern France. Similar motifs are also found in Caribbean and Aboriginal art, and it is this common ground between different, apparently unrelated civilizations and cultures which fascinates Davie. The mask-like head in the centre is taken from a cave painting and may, in its original form, depict a sorcerer.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Alan DavieScottish (1920 - 2014)
  • title:
    The Alchemist's Mirror No. 1 [Opus 1357]
  • date created:
    1997
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    152.00 x 183.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the artist 2000
  • accession number:
    GMA 4325
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Alan Davie

Alan Davie