Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London, where acquired by the present owner in November 2003
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Alive to it All, 1983, cat. no.6.
Davison began to make collages in 1952 whilst living and working in Syleham, Suffolk with his wife Margaret Mellis. Having been introduced by Patrick Heron, they married in 1948 and moved to Syleham in 1950 where he was particularly inspired by the rural patchwork landscape of fields and farms. Throughout his life, Davison maintained a very private profile and preferred to remain almost anonymous when his work was exhibited. He had regular exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery where a retrospective of his collages was staged in 1986. He also had solo exhibitions at the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield in 1981, at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1982 and was honoured with a major exhibition of his collages organised by the Arts Council at the Hayward Gallery in 1983.
The collage does not appear to be laid down but is attached to the card in areas around the edges. The collage has some pin holes and bears tears, crinkles, creases and holes which are integral to the work. There is a small spot of staining near the bottom of the central brown strip and another small stain in the olive coloured square of collage in the lower right, both of which may be inherent to the work. Otherwise it appears in good overall condition.
Held in a simple wood frame under perspex; unexamined out of frame.
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