Marcus Davies’ distinctive images are an oblique interpretation of the world around him. His principal subject matter is the figure in the landscape, both urban and rural.
For the last two decades Davies has travelled throughout Europe, capturing scenes from his own characteristic viewpoint. His travels in Italy and France have provided a counterbalance to his local experiences of England.
Thus the farmers and cattle at Newton Abbot market in Devon, find a parallel with the matadors and bulls in Madrid and Valencia. Similarly the majesty of Sienese Renaissance architecture is contrasted with the monumental atmosphere of The Tate Modern in London.
Yet in all these works Davies’ concerns remain consistent. Pattern is explored through highly differentiated areas of darkness and light, while the use of shadow evokes notions of presence and absence, of positive and negative action.
From the Footballer training in Valencia to Trafalgar Square in London, his highly abstract and graphic images reveal figures caught in a play of light and shadow. The characters captured in these scenes become elements of a wider composition, where superfluous details are stripped to reveal a timeless image.
Marcus Davies work is represented in many key collections including Citibank and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.