The work of Cheshire-based artist, Robert D Davies is often influenced by investigating illusion and perceptions of reality. Aiming for his paintings to be a tribute to and celebration of the romantic aspects of landscape, Davies at the same time acknowledges the relationship between romance and survival or brutality. Thereby, his paintings incorporate different layers. Imagery of the cinema and popular culture, that is predominantly the Western film genre, figure in these just as everyday objects. The sense of ‘other-worldliness’ which has become iconic for his paintings, is produced through form, sophisticated handling of paint, and a letting go of the need to portray or document literally what is there, giving importance also to the absences and spaces.
Robert won the Edge Hill Studio Award at the Liverpool Art Prize 2014. He will be in residence from Sept 2014- Sept 2015.