John Davies

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John Davies studied painting at Hull and Manchester College of Art 1963–67, after which he spent two years at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He was awarded a sculpture fellowship at Gloucester College of Art in 1989 and in the following year he won the Sainsbury award.

As one of the few sculptors working in expressionism in 1980s Britain, Davies made sculpture and drawings that referred directly to the human figure, rather than abstract works that were very fashionable at the time. Early figures were often arranged in carefully positioned relationships, playing out silent dramas through look and gesture, often in seemingly ritualistic poses.

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