Gerald Davis (1938 - 2005). Gerald
Davis was one of the leading semi-abstract artists in Ireland.
He had over 150 solo shows to his credit as well as
innumerable group exhibitions both in Ireland and abroad.
Gerald Davis represented his country many times and, in 1977 was
awarded the Irish Arts Council's Douglas Hyde Gold Medal
for historical painting. His paintings are in many important
corporate, public and private collections throughout the
world and in the watercolour and National Self-Portrait
collections in Limerick. He lectured on Irish art and
literature, with emphasis on Joyce and Beckett, and was
of the International Association of Art Critics. Through
writings and radio/TV broadcasts, he reported on several aspects of the arts and Irish
Davis is a leading light in Irish contemporary painting.
His abstracts ostensibly engage with landscape but also
involve the human figure, or representations of the human
that hint ambiguously at landscape images recalling the
Celtic idea of the marriage between landscape and mortality.
The use of painting and colour conveys an intriguing sense
of elements in flux. Restrained magic seems to be at work,
and the tantalizing notion of other images suggested behind
and within those Davis offers us."
Fred Johnston, Sunday Times, 1997