Timeline

1920
Born in Grangemouth, Scotland
1938
Andrew Grant Scholarship
1937–1940
Trained at Edinburgh College of Art
1942
Won the Guthrie Award for the best painting by a young artist at the Scottish Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1941–1946
Military service with the Royal Artillery
1946–1947
Jazz musician, married Janet (Billi) Gaul
1948–1949
Travelled around Europe, exhibited in Florence and Venice. Peggy Guggenheim bought one of his works from the Venice show.
1949
Making Jewellery and Silverware, Jazz musician, birth of daughter Jane
1956
Prix Guggenheim, Musee d'Arte Moderne, Paris, France
1956
Visited New York where he met leading Abstract Expressionists William de Kooning and Mark Rothko
1956–1959
Winner of the Gregory Fellowship in Painting at Leeds University.
1959
Teacher, Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England
1963–1970
Experiments in lithography
1971
First Musical Record Published
1972
Awarded C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire)
1977
Lecturer, Royal College of Art, London
1977
Honoured by the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (HRSA)
1971–1979
Concerts and recordings of Spontaneous Music
1960–1980
Gliding: 2000 hours soaring in England, Switzerland, USA
1987
Order of the Southern Cross Award Brazil
1989
Barbican Art Gallery, London, showed his major works from the 60s
1991
Became Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art Convocation, London, England
2014
Died
Public Collections
Arts Council of England
British Council
City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Fitzwilliam Gallery, Cambridge
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Tate Britain, London
Tate Modern, London
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Victoria and Albert Museum
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Museum of Modern Art, New York Metropolitan Museum, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Art, San Francisco
Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas

Exhibitions

2014
Alan Davie: The Symbol is Neither Rational nor Concrete (solo)
2012
Gimpel Fils, London, UK (solo)
2010
Night Gems, Gimpel Fils, London, UK (solo)
2009
The Creative World of Alan Davie, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
2009
Alan Davie, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, UK (solo)
2008
Alan Davie: Shamans Enigma, Gimpel Fils, London & James Hyman, London, UK (solo)
2008
Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, UK (solo)
2008
Galerie Gimpel & Muller, Paris, France (solo)
2007
Alan Davie: Paintings 1955-1967, Thomas Dane, London, UK (solo)
2006
Alan Davie: Paintings and Drawings 1948-2004, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate, UK (solo)
2005
Alan Davie: Paintings from the Fifties and Sixties, Gimpel Fils, London, UK (solo)
2005
A Game of Poetry, Galleria Morone, Milan, Italy (solo)
2004
Alan Davie: The Alchemical Journey, ACA Galleries, New York, USA (solo)
2004
Alan Davie, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (solo)
2004
Alan Davie, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, UK (solo)
2003–2004
Alan Davie: Retrospective, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK (solo)
2003
Alan Davie: Recent Paintings and Gouaches, Gimpel Fils, London, & James Hyman, London, UK (solo)
2003
Alan Davie in conjunction with Total Music Meeting, Free Music Production, Alan Davie and Tony Oxley jazz event, Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003
Recent Paintings and Gouaches, Gimpel Fils, London; James Hyman Fine Art, London
2003
Retrospective - Jingling Space, Tate St Ives
2003
How Heavy is Black?, Broadbent, London
2002
Broadbent at The Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland
2001
Screen Prints, Broadbent, London
2000
Retrospective: Cobra Museum, Holland
2000
Retrospective: Scottish National Museum of Modern Art
1997
Scottish National Museum of Modern Art
1997
Drawings retrospective: University of Brighton
1997
Alan Davie: A 40 Year Survey, ACA Galleries New York
1996
Solo exhibition of early work held at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
1992–1995
British Council touring exhibition: South America and Australia
1994
Portugal, Porto, Lisbon, Almada
1994
University of Brighton Gallery Brighton
1994
Hastings Museum and Art GAllery
1994
Ramsgate Gallery
1994
The University Gallery
1994
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
1994
The University Gallery Nottingham
1994
The Smith Art Gallery and Museum, Stirling
1994
Tel Aviv, Bineth Gallery
1994
ACA Galleries Munich
1993
Eva Cohon Gallery Highland Park, IL
1993
Aca Galleries New York
1993
Retrospective: Barbican Gallery, London
1992
McLellan Galleries Glasgow, Scotland
1991
Gimpel Fils London, England
1991
Galerie M Krakow, Poland
1991
Scottish Art in the 20th Century, Royal West of England Academy
1990
Scottish Art Since 1900, Barbican Art Gallery London, England
1990
Galerie Louis Carre Paris, France
1990
Gimpel and Wetizenhoffer NYC
1989
The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh, Scotland
1989
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, Scotland
1988
Gimpel Fils London, England
1988
The Romantic Tradition in Contemporary British Painting, Traveling Exhibition Spain
1988
International Contemporary Painting, Olympiades des Artes Seoul, Korea
1987
British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy London, England
1987
Gimpel Fils London, England
1986
Celtic Vision, The Conde Duque Cultural Centre Gallery Madrid, Spain
1985
Recalling the Fifties, Serpentine Gallery London, England
1983
Contemporary British Painting, Municipal Museum Madrid, Spain
1982
Royal Glasgow Institution of Fine Arts Glasgow, Scotland
1977
British Painting 1952-1977, Royal Academy of Art London, England
1962
One man show: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1962
One man show: Bienal Di Sao Paulo, Brazil
1958
Retrospective: Wakefield City Art Gallery
1958
Retrospective: Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1956
First American show, New York. Subsequently shown frequently throughout USA
1950
First one man show at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London. Subsequently every two years to date
1948
Exhibitions in Florence, Venice. Paintings bought by Peggy Guggenheim

Public Collections

Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Tate Collection, London
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Museu de Arte Contemporanea, Sao Paulo

Literature

2003
A. PATRIZIO, S. DANIEL McELROY, Alan Davie: Jingling Space, Tate Publishing, London, 2003
1992
D. HALL, Alan Davie, Lund Humphries, London, 1992
1987
Alan Davie: peintures, exhibition catalogue, Louis Carré, Paris, 1987
1967
A. BOWNESS and A. DAVIE, Alan Davie. Lund Humphries, London, 1967