Artist: Alan Davie Scottish (1920-2014)
Title: Untitled 2
Original lithograph on white wove paper
From the One Cent Life Portfolio
From edition of 2000
Printed by Maurice Beaudet, Paris, 1964
Published by E.W. Kornfield, Bern, Switzerland
Unsigned/unnumbered as issued
Shipped boxed flat.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Image Size: 11 in x 15 3/4 in 27.9 cm x 40 cm
Sheet Size: 11 1/2 in x 16 1/8 in 29.2 cm x 40.9 cm
“I don’t practice painting or drawing as an art, in the sense of artifice, of making an imitation of something. It’s something I do from an inner compulsion, that has to come out.” Alan Davie
Alan Davie was a superstar of British art, feted by Pollock, Rothko and Hockney. Davie was the enfant terrible of post-war art, the first British artist – probably the first European artist – to embrace ’action painting’, to put himself physically in his pictures. Working stripped to the waist in a kind of Zen trance, Davie painted with a jazz freedom that blew away the cobwebs of the austerity-era art world. His exuberant improvisatory canvases had a ruthlessness, as he painted out passages of paint other artists would have killed to have created, in pursuit of a visceral anti-perfection, a sense of mystery and ritual that made the efforts of his British peers look positively effete in comparison. (telegraph.co.uk)
Portfolio Cover by Lichtenstein
One Cent Life Portfolio
The 1964 One Cent Life Portfolio was written by Walasse Ting, edited by Sam Francis, and published by E.W. Kornfeld. This ambitious project of loose limited edition color lithographs, beautifully incorporates American Pop and European Expressionism.
The complete portfolio includes 62 original lithographs by Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Enrico Baj, Alan Davie, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, Robert Indiana, Asger Jorn, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean-Paul Riopelle, James Rosenquist, Antonio Saura, Bram Van Velde, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann and other American and European POP artists.
"It very quickly became the manifesto of a new generation of painters and the expression of the new pictorial research that they were engaged in….” (Gemini Fine Books & Arts, Ltd.)