exhibtition we are pleased to show new figurative and abstract
paintings by Derek Davis alongside figurative ceramics by his son,
Derek Davis, one of Britain’s leading post
war potters, was born in 1926. He studied painting at the Central
post-war period and into the fifties and sixties he pushed the
boundaries of clay, at a time when most potters followed the
teachings of Bernard Leach (for whom form was determined as much by
function as aesthetics). This stemmed from his imagination and
inquisitiveness for materials, concepts and ideas not usually
associated with clay, but more clearly aligned with fine art. He
would decorate a ceramic platter in the same way that he now paints
is a member of the Contemporary Applied Arts, the International
Academy of Ceramics, and in 1967 was Artist in Residence at the
University of Sussex.
recent years, since 1994, he has concentrated on painting, in both
his abstract and figurative signature style, the latter often being
on the subject of love and relationships.
exhibited widely including three times at the V&A (1960, 1983
and 1994), throughout the UK, Europe and the USA (Maceys) and Japan
(T Moriyama, Tokyo). Derek Davis’ work is in a number of collections
including V&A, Contemporary Art Society, Garth Clark Colorado,
Aberdeen Museum and the Ford Motor Company (Brentwood).
1959, Josse Davis is the son of Derek
Davis and painter Ruth Davis. He graduated from Bath Academy of
Art in 1981 (BA hons ceramics), and has since lived and worked in
Arundel, West Sussex.
Figurative and often described as traditionally English in
his approach to decoration, his work is divided into two distinct
styles; the loose and spontaneous and the more subtle and
Although found in his stoneware the spontaneous decoration is
most evident in his Raku pieces. The second style of decoration is
more refined and is the emotional balance to the first. These pieces
of work are less colourful and more tonal. Under a zinc white
stoneware glaze thin layers of iron and black are meticulously
painted, smudged back and painted again until the required subtle
tonal changes are achieved.
Raku pieces are decorated with his Pagan dancers theme, whilst the
stoneware pieces are decorated with various animal themes including
zebra, sheep and fish.
has taught ceramics at Havant College, Syon House and Portsmouth
City Museum (amongst others). He has exhibited at Beaux Art, Bath;
Leigh Gallery, London; Cre Gallery, London; Guildhall, Winchester;
West Dean College; London Potters Summer Show; Amalgam Gallery,
London; Hove & Worthing Museums and Pallant House,
James Stewart at the Zimmer Stewart Gallery for images of more