The memory of a trip to illuminated, underground caves influenced Phil Davis' choice of intense colours and a subterranean element for his Study of Boats. Davis applies paint freely and expressively: throwing it against the blank canvas or using a pallet knife to layer, scrape and rip it across the fabric. Over this, he applies fragments of stencils to provide the detail, to create a semi-literal version of a scene. He often features architecture – for its sheer size, raw power, diversity, texture – and water, to provide a contrasting calmness, tranquillity, softness, reflection. Recent commissions include a Canadian city scene and a Japanese landscape for a wealth management company.
Hedge, issue 33, February 2015, pp68-76