Michael Davis

Michael Davis paintings and timber screens are mostly Australia landscape inspired. They are seen from the car and the satellite, aerial views of beautiful scenes. They are about the river and the road ; the wind and the trees. In recent paintings we glimpsed the rivers or landscapes through a swirl of blowing gum leaves across the canvas. Disparate objects whirling around in a beautiful cacophony of delicate floral colours.

We see them picked up by a sudden gust of wind and watch as they blow delicately but with purpose along on their journey. The motion and movement they create remind us longingly
of the fresh air and breath of nature. Likewise Davies continues his treatment of the landscape as a mythical creature, a forest murmuring thoughts and messages as if it is talking to the viewer.

'Black Forest' (May 12-28, 2017) is Michael Davis' latest solo exhibition. In 'Black Forest’ Davis integrates the perspective of memory and experience as a translation of space. For Davis, the forest takes on the aura of a psychological thriller, a good story evolving around the connected roots, environmental nuances and conversations of the Forest.

“These paintings, like a lot of my recent work, are imagined, constructed landscapes. A remembered image of drives and walks in the countryside, the experience of being alone in a forest either in a car or on foot. Something is watching, a presence is felt, the forest is a place to disappear”.


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Black Forest I by Michael DavisBlack Forest I
Oil on Canvas
140 x 130 cm
Black Forest II by Michael DavisBlack Forest II
Oil on Canvas
140 x 130 cm
Breathing Lessons by Michael DavisBreathing Lessons
Oil on Canvas
200 x 186 cm
Cascade by Michael DavisCascade
Oil on Arches Paper
76 x 57 cm
Drive Thru by Michael DavisDrive Thru
Oil on Canvas
140 x 130 cm
Escape from Black Forest by Michael DavisEscape from Black Forest
Oil on Canvas
140 x 130 cm
Gathering by Michael DavisGathering
Oil on Archers Paper
77 x 58 cm
I fall asleep in your branches by Michael DavisI fall asleep in your branches
Oil on Canvas
200 x 186 cm
In Conversation by Michael DavisIn Conversation
Oil on Canvas
106 x 90 cm
Near Mittagong by Michael DavisNear Mittagong
Oil on Canvas
120 x 180 cm
On The Edge Of Black Forest by Michael DavisOn The Edge Of Black Forest
Oil on Archers Paper
77 x 57 cm
The Echo Comes Again Dear by Michael DavisThe Echo Comes Again Dear
Oil on Arches Paper
77 x 58 cm
The Long Slow March by Michael DavisThe Long Slow March
Oil on Canvas
140 x 130 cm
The march towards by Michael DavisThe march towards
Oil on Archers Paper
77 x 58 cm
The road in by Michael DavisThe road in
Oil on Archers Paper
76 x 57 cm
The Road to the Black Forest by Michael DavisThe Road to the Black Forest
Oil on Canvas
106 x 90 cm
Waiting for a sign by Michael DavisWaiting for a sign
Oil on Archers Paper
77 x 58 cm
We took the wrong road round by Michael DavisWe took the wrong road round
Oil on Archers Paper
77 x 58 cm
You Give More Than You Take by Michael DavisYou Give More Than You Take
Oil on Canvas
150 x 150 cm
Black Turpentine by Michael DavisBlack Turpentine
Oil on Canvas
140 x 140 cm