Paintings by John Bellany & Alan Davie

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March 7th 2019

Newport Street Gallery Newport Street London SE11 6AJ

Newport Street Gallery will present an exhibition titled ‘Cradle of Magic’, the two-man show will feature 49 paintings and works on paper.

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Newport Street Gallery will present an exhibition of work by John Bellany (1942–2013) and Alan Davie
(1920–2014).


Titled ‘Cradle of Magic’, the two-man show will feature 49 paintings and works on paper. Spanning four
decades, the exhibition demonstrates the importance of Celtic symbolism and imagery to these two visionary
twentieth-century artists, working a generation apart.


Born in Grangemouth in 1920, Alan Davie was one of the first British artists to explore Abstract Expressionist
forms and techniques. Linked to the Scottish Renaissance movement – a group of poets, musicians and
artists who emerged in the first half of the twentieth century – Davie’s work was informed by his interest in
tribal and ancient art (evident in works such as The Bird, 1954) as well as Zen Buddhism.


The earliest paintings in ‘Cradle of Magic’ date from Davie’s formative trip around Western Europe, undertaken
on a travel scholarship in 1948. There, he was astounded by the beauty of Byzantine and Romanesque art,
which he linked to the Celtic tradition. He also attended the first post-war Venice Biennale, where he was
introduced to the work of the American Abstract Expressionists – Pollock and Rothko among others.

Paintings by John Bellany & Alan Davie
March 7th 2019

Newport Street Gallery Newport Street London SE11 6AJ

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