Philip Davies

A single figure, mostly but not exclusively female,  is often the focus of Philip Davies’ oil paintings. Davies has a distinct character style amongst his imagined subjects depicted, his sombre scenes are detailed and sometimes revealing in nature.

Davies’ figures are all fictitious. Unlike most artists who paint figures, Davies never uses a model. The individuals he paints are a type: slim, young active men and women often on the brink of doing something. Their settings are imaginary too, although white cliffs suggest Dover, there is never enough information to say it is definitely Dover.

Davies is a master of suggestion, a skilful exponent of pictorial theatre and narrative painting that has a long tradition but is rare in contemporary painting. Davies’ paintings have been said to resemble stills from a film or opera in which the action is paused so that a particular scene or moment can be captured and recorded.