DAVIS, John (1936 - 1999)
Untitled (circa 1987)
An unique sculpture of typical organic composition by pioneer Australian environmental artist John Davis.
Painted canvas cloth over wooden sticks, 220m (h) x 300 mm (w) x 80 mm (d).
‘At the time of his death in 1999, John Davis had established a critically acclaimed reputation as an influential sculptor and installation artist whose practice synthesised material diversity with an idiosyncratic concept of landscape and ecology … Davis initially worked in wood and later in fibreglass and aluminium, becoming known for his multiples and for his distinctive formalist style. By 1973, Davis had become increasingly interested in conceptual, process-based and land art practices, and his mature works reflect his sensitivity to elemental forces, the organic world, and his profound connection to the ecological fragility and beauty of landscape.’ – NGV website https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/john-davis/
Davis represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1978 and was subject to a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2010.
A related work of painted calico and twigs, Traveller, dating 1987, from the collection of noted sculpture historian Ken Scarlett was exhibited in the NGV exhibition. Davis is collected by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales and other major galleries.
Jennifer Phipps (former Curator of Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria)
Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne, The Estate of Jennifer Phipps, 28/02/2016, Lot No. 16