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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1979.12.1
Object Name Print
Description "VII," from the Foxwatch Series, 1970, color lithograph by Alan Davie.
In pencil at the bottom left is "56/75 VIII," at right "Alan Davie 70," and top left rear "147856." Signature: in pencil at right "Alan Davie"

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
VIII, from the Foxwatch Series, 1970
Alan Davie (1920–2014), Scottish
Color lithograph
Gift of Paul Feldman, 1979.12.1

Moons, snakes, ladders, hearts, and other symbols in this print suggesting a human couple and an African mask demonstrate Davie’s unique visual vocabulary. He began his artistic career as a jazz musician, the influence of which is seen in his expressive art. He embraced the instinctual use of color and freedom of form employed by multiple art movements post–World War II, and was also inspired by so–called Primitive art from Africa and the Pacific, as well as Zen Buddhism.

Davie’s signs and symbols were not meant to be logically interpreted, but to serve as a means—much like the practice of meditation—to “arouse . . . direct knowledge by intuition.”
Title VIII, from the Foxwatch Series
Date 1970
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Davie, Alan
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique color lithograph
Dimensions H-24.75 W-32.11 inches
Credit line Gift of Paul Feldman
Subjects Primitivism
Music
Jazz
Symbols
Expressionism
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