Robert Davis, B. 1994, works and lives in Oxford and Bristol, UK
Ba Hons Fine Art Falmouth University
Just as smoke is the index of fire, the concrete block is the index of architecture of exterior, of interior and a fragment of something far greater than itself. The splash of paint on the floor too, is a trace, an index of painting; a splinter of material unintentionally placed yet not unimportant. Objects, lost and found, rest in situ, contrasting, complimenting and juxtaposing, all adding to the rhythm of the language. A language that is built up from shape and colour, all appropriated from previous lives and places, taken and given new meaning and purpose. The individual pieces command autonomy as distinct works of their own whilst also coexisting as part of a practice that can be understood as painting.
Gustavo Fares Greimas rectangle allows for us to rationally conclude what painting is not in order to realise what it is. Common links can be made between fields and disciplines, subsequently allowing for connections and the inclusion of other materials into the field of painting.
Robert Davis’s practice stems from an interest in expanded painting and explores the material possibilities of the medium through the inclusion of sculptural elements and installations. He explores the terrain vague of towns and cities collecting materials and studies that manifest themselves as refined and distilled works composed of found shapes, colours and objects. Ranging from kinetic painting machines, wallpapers, prints and casts his dynamic practice spreads a broad range of mediums and ideas that culminate in a vibrant visual language.
” Art is an intrinsic and instinctive drive to respond to the world around us and to make reason of it through an intellectual and sensory creative process. ”