Artwork of the Day – Peter Davies


Liverpool artwork of the day – Wednesday August 8 2007. ‘Super Star Fucker – Andy Warhol Text Painting’ 2002 by Peter Davies, Acrylic on canvas at The Walker

This painting won first prize in John Moores 22, 2002.

Peter Davies was born in Edinburgh in 1970. He studied at the University of Brighton 1989-92 and Goldsmiths’ College 1994-96. While at Goldsmiths’ he was included in three group exhibitions at Lost in Space, London, and in 1997 he appeared in ‘Sensation’ at the Royal Academy. He has since shown regularly in London and in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil and Scandinavia, including one-person shows in London at the Approach 1998 and Gagosian Gallery 2001.

In his statement accompanying the work, Davies said:

“For some years I have been making text paintings alongside abstract paintings. Both types feed off and inform one another. The text paintings offer a playful and humorous take on my attempts to understand art history and contemporary art.

In contrast to how text has often been used in contemporary art, most notably with conceptualism, I want my paintings to be visually seductive and enjoyable to look at, and whilst being serious, to convey a sense of fun and mischief. ”

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