Davis, John (1963-1999)

Also known as
Davis, John (1936-1999)
Field of activity
Artist; Sculptor
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1485112

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With a career spanning three decades, Davis was one of Australia's pre-eminent artists, a sculptor who regularly exhibited in Australia and overseas, particularly Japan and the United States.

With a career spanning three decades, Davis was one of Australia’s pre-eminent artists, a sculptor who regularly exhibited in Australia and overseas, particularly Japan and the United States. Davis represented Australia at the 38th Biennale of Venice and the Indian Triennale in 1978, and the Osaka Triennale in 1992. His ongoing concern for landscape resulted in numerous site-specific installation works in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Britain, the United States, Japan and New Zealand. Significant commissions include an installation in the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Davis’s work is represented in all Australian national and state galleries, most regional galleries, and in private and public collections in Australia and abroad. He was the recipient of various grants, overseas residencies and prestigious awards, including the Comalco Award in 1970 and the Blake Prize for Religious Art in 1993.Davis drew inspiration from the Australian bush, particularly the Mallee country, the Hattah Lakes area and the Murray River, the artist often returning to these areas to create ephemeral works in situ. Recurring motifs in his work include rivers and fish, often referred to by the artist as nomads/travellers. Davis deeply respected Aboriginal art and culture, successfully establishing various collaborative projects and exchanges with local aboriginal people. Influenced by the Arte Povera movement and eschewing then fashionable metal sculpture, Davis worked with delicate materials, painstakingly modelling eucalyptus twigs, string, paper, calico and bitumous paint. His work and his many years of lecturing have been highly influential to the current generation of installation artists and ...

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  • fl. 1978 - 1999

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Design and Art Australia Online

  • Osaka Triennale
  • Indian Triennale
  • 38th Biennale of Venice
  • 'Sculpturscape '73', 5th Mildura Triennial
  • Recent Australian Art
  • Biennale of Sydney: Recent International Forms in Art
  • 1st Australian Sculpture Triennial
  • Mildura Prize for Sculpture
  • Mildura Prize for Sculpture 1967
  • Artists' Artists: D sculptors
  • Australian and New Zealand Post-Object Show- A Survey
  • John Davis
  • Continuum '83
  • 7th Mildura Sculpture Triennial
  • Herald outdoor art show 1962
  • Sculpture 1970: the fourth Mildura Sculpture Triennial
  • Marland House sculpture competition
  • (see also) Blake Prize for Religious Art
  • (see also) Comalco Award
  • (see also) Parks, Ti
  • (see also) Sherman Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • (see also) Site specific works in Australia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Britain, the United States, Japan and New Zealand
  • (see also) Passage
  • (see also) The You Gangs, Victoria

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