Alan Davie was born in Grangemouth, Scotland in 1920. Davie began his career as a poet and jazz musician before becoming a painter, combining these disciplines throughout the rest of his career. Harnessing his engagement with jazz, Zen Buddhism and prehistoric cultures, his innovative drawings and paintings are the result of a highly improvisatory process that place emphasis on free association and artistic intuition.
For over 65 years Davie exhibited in the UK and internationally, with work held in many of the world’s major public collections including MoMA, New York; Tate, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. He died, aged 93 in Hertfordshire in 2014 just before a display of his work curated by Helen Little opened at Tate Britain, London.