20 April 2019 30 June 2019
Born in Andover, Hampshire, England, Anthony Davies immigrated to New Zealand in the 1990s as the artist in residence at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.
From the outset, his approach as ‘an outsider’ has been to document and depict what he observes through his experience of living here and as it has been presented to him via the media. Over the years, Davies has diligently collected clippings and images from national newspapers and magazines, as content for future print works.
A compositional maestro with subject matter that is not easy to digest, Davies is motivated by a concern for humanity and the narrative tradition in fine art printmaking, specifically the tensions of the human narrative. The works presented in this exhibition investigate recent socio-political events in New Zealand, highlighting our social and cultural complexities.
Born in Andover, Hampshire, England, Anthony Davies immigrated to New Zealand in the 1990s.
Davies attended the Winchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. He was the recipient of the Prix de Rome Prize (for etching) during his time at the British School at Rome, an academic research school for British artists in Rome. Davies is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) which was established in London in 1888.
He moved permanently to New Zealand in 1994 as the artist in residence at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. In 1995, he was invited as a quest professor at Florida State University. In 2002, he moved to Aramoho, Whanganui and founded Hotspur Studio, where he produces intaglio, lithographic and serigraphic prints.