Prize for a Serpent
Date Made/Found: late 20th Century
, British, 1920 - 2014
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 1220 x 1527 x 27mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.5304
Alan Davie painted his work spontaneously through automatic movements onto a canvas laid on the floor. Davie’s vibrant abstract works celebrates a world of colour, a strong contrast to the disaffected post war era he was painting in. In 1956 Davie’s first exhibition in New York brought him into contact with many of the leading American Abstract Expressionists including Jackson Pollock, Yves Klein and Willem de Kooning. In fact Davie’s painting was regarded as the closest thing to the American Abstract Expressionist movement in Britain at that time.
Davie only added a title to his work after it was complete, taking inspiration from the forms he saw in the painting.