Cinema, life seen through a screen – the silver screen, computer screen etc. Fragments of imagery picked up from the memory and physically, via magazine clippings or film stills. These things must have influenced the memories and perceptions of people brought up in the ‘modern age’. It has been one of the inspirations for Davies’s work – sometimes a primary source, and sometimes being denied as ‘real’, relegated to sub-standard. Sometimes revered because of its state of being alternative to ‘reality’ and because of its intriguing quality that questions illusion and ‘seeing’ the world.
In another sense, it is irrelevent that cinema is used as the generating of some of the imagery. ‘Figures in action’ could be a phrase used to describe some aspects of imagery found within paintings that are primarily about dynamic, somewhat apocalyptic landscapes or environments.
These ‘environments’ are depicting places that exist only partially in the real world. They are mostly depicting something from within our (or at least his) psyche(s) – searching for something ancient, buried, amongst a plethora of modern influences.
‘(The larger works demonstrate) a refreshing talent and immediacy…
a strange, edgy contrast between Turner and popular culture’
Terry Duffy, writing for Art In Liverpool