Craig Davison – Summer Collection – featuring Blondie, Abba and Princess Leia

Craig Davison’s work has a habit of capturing the essence of childhood fantasy with a nostalgic twist, his Summer release is no exception, concentrating on Star Wars Princess Leia, Abba and Blondie. This new collection is about female empowerment.

His work is influenced by a comic book style, due to his previous design experience, with children in the foreground of each piece of work and their imagination allowing them to portray whoever they want to be in the form of a silhouette. Davison has previously created work referencing Charlies Angels, Batman, The Three Musketeers and for his new Summer collection his has concentrated on every girl’s fantasy of singing those well known words by Abba, or Blonde in front of the mirror with a hair brush in hand, and even the iconic status of Princess Leia. Each painting from his new release depicts the hero or superstar inside.

Below is ‘Armed Force’ by Craig Davison which references a young girl pretending to fight the dark side with her hair dryer and headphones alone.

Armed Force by Craig Davison

Armed Force by Craig Davison

“Many artists inspire me. Amongst them are the comic book artist Mike Mignola, the simplistic still characters of Yoshitomo Nara, the energy of Goya and the superb illustrations of N.C. Wyeth. For the paintings I’m currently producing, the inspiration is obvious; my childhood! I try to capture the endless summer holidays spent out on my bike with friends, rescuing Mexican villages from bandits!”

Below is ‘Hanging on the Te-LEPHONE!’ by Craig Davison a piece of work that references all the aspirations and dreams Blondie was singing out as a young girl dresses up in her mum’s shoes and clothes and she sings her heart out to her hair brush. One day that little girl will be just as confident as Blondie.

Hanging on the Te-LEPHONE! by Craig Davison

Hanging on the Te-LEPHONE! by Craig Davison

Yorkshire born Davison has taken the art world by storm with each release of work instantly selling out. His concept of childhood heroes with infinite possibilities is unique and highly sought after. Craig began his working life as an animator and games designer, following which he became a 3D animation sculptor and once realising his dream of painting he now paints full-time.

“I begin by getting rid of the white canvas, painting the surface with a wash, usually a brown or orange. Then, with a rag, I sketch into the paint, and once I’m happy with that I will block out the shapes and shadows in a dark brown. I usually start this process again with another picture until I have five or six paintings ready for the next stage.”

“I make any changes that are needed and add colour and definition. When this is dry I add glazes of colour over the whole canvas and then paint over the figures again to “loosen” them up. I like the finished paintings to have a slightly naive, grubby look with lots of energy – which, when I think about it, sums up my childhood!”

Below is ‘Wa,Wa ,Waaagh, WATERLOO!’ by Craig Davison depicting two young girls enjoying the simplicity of childhood each singing the memorable words sung by Abba into each end of thier skipping rope.

Wa,Wa ,Waaagh, WATERLOO! by Craig Davison

Wa,Wa ,Waaagh, WATERLOO! by Craig Davison

For more information about Craig Davison and his work visit:

Craig Davison at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively call 01543 502971 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, Cedars Business Park, Avon Road, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 1QJ.

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