Cardinal sin; pride or prejudice?

Martin DavisSwanwickUnited Kingdom

United Kingdom2015oil on board

61 x 71 cm • Framed: 65 x 75 cm
Frame description: wood, black

Revisiting the idea of the seven deadly sins in today's world, using "Pride" as in Gay Pride. And asking the question whether we should consider it, or prejudice to it (symbolised by minarets), as the real sin.

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$ 175,884

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Martin Davis is an ex-firefighter turned artist. After university he spent more than 30 years in the fire & rescue service, during which time he found painting was a perfect antidote to the operational stresses of his working life. He committed himself fully to his art in 2008 after retirement and has spent the last 13 years finding his distinctive artistic voice. Martin is by admission an instinctive artist. Almost wholly self-trained, his only formal qualification is an Art GCE “O” level from his schooldays. Even so his artwork is bought by private collectors around the world and he has secured gallery space throughout the UK as well as here in his native Derbyshire where he works from his home studio in Swanwick. His most recent successes were being selected to exhibit in the prestigious Harley Gallery Open and ING Discerning Eye exhibitions 2020.

 

Mainly an artist in oils Martin’s output can be diverse & wide-ranging. He draws inspiration from any combination of light and form that strikes a chord from his background. Apart from his current focus on still life and portraiture his output has included landscapes & urban scenes to more figurative/abstract work. But whatever the subject matter his painterly style is characterized by a trademark vibrancy of colour and attention to fine detail, sometimes accompanied by a slightly surreal twist.

 

 

Artist’s statement

 

“Painting for me is a kind of ecstasy, an intense & personal struggle to bring to life a private world of accumulated memories & images. It’s often exhausting and exhilarating at one and the same time but it also acts like a balm, calming my soul like nothing else.

 

Inspiration for my artwork is often twofold; my emotional response to words and, visually, the effects of light on colour and form. Direct influences and inspiration for specific paintings often arise from images (or even words or phrases – especially from poetry) in current affairs and the world around me. This is especially so if they strike a chord with my own past or trigger distant personal memories.

 

I try to use my sense of colour and love of form to raise the spirits. One of my abiding hopes is that, like music, art can serve to engender a greater sense of wellbeing – in observer and creator alike. I believe art at its best can be a simple, joyful experience as well as a vehicle for asking more difficult & fundamental questions about human experience.”

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