The Wizard of Oz Collection by Craig Davison

Craig Davison’s work has a habit of capturing the essence of childhood fantasy with a nostalgic twist. Artworx Gallery are proud to present this new collection influenced by ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

His work is influenced by a comic book style, 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, Star Wars and Wonder Woman.

“Essentially what I am putting into my pieces are references to my own childhood. On the whole, each pieces is inspired directly from one of these memories. However, there is a slight exception to this with the piece ‘Because…’ as this happens to be one of my wife’s memories! When my wife was a child she used to play and pretend to be in the Wizard of Oz.”

Because, Because, Because, Because, BE-CAUSE! By Craig Davison

Because, Because, Because, Because, BE-CAUSE!
By Craig Davison

“This painting was created using the same techniques that I usually use, building up the painting in layers and finishing with a brown glaze. I wanted to get away from the brown a little this time and give the picture more of a ‘Technicolor’ look and so I put more colour into the baxkground and show of ‘Because…’ The yellow brick road and the Emerald City seemed like good places to take colour inspiration from.” – Craig Davison.

Craig talks about his work, life and inspiration, “I was born in 1965 in Sheffield and have enjoyed drawing for as long as I can remember. Art was my favourite subject at school, but once I left I took it no further. In the late 80’s I managed to get a job as a cartoonist, working on pre-school comics. I drew comic strips of a variety of characters including The Shoe People, The Wombles, Huxley Pig and Bangers and Mash.”

“Drawing every day improved my skills and after a few years I moved on to work at a computer games company as an animator and games designer. During this period I worked on a wide portfolio of games, including Zorro, The Hulk and The Hurricanes, as well as the game concept and characters for Johnny Bazookatone.”

Toto, I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore By Craig Davison

Toto, I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore By Craig Davison

“It was there I began sculpting reference figures for 3D animation, which I loved. This ultimately led to becoming a freelance sculptor, sculpting dragons to teddies, animals to action figures for ranges such as Me To You, Enchantica, Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Years passed and sculpting work was getting harder to come by. But something else was around the corner: in late 2007 I noticed a contest in which Washington Green hoped to find Alexander Millar an apprentice. I had always wanted to try my hand at painting, but had never got around to it; here was my opportunity. I quickly painted and entered a picture, and, to my surprise, I finished in the last three! That was it, the life of an artist beckoned.”

“I began to paint seriously from that point and local galleries started to sell my work. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

“What inspires me artistically is seeing other artists putting themselves into their work, so that you see the individuality of each artist. One of my favourite paintings is by James Guthrie – ‘A Hind’s Daughter’. It makes such an impact on me – there is a special stillness to the painting. 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!

Take Special Care of those Ruby Slippers, I Want them most of all. Now fly! Fly! By Craig Davison

Take Special Care of those Ruby Slippers, I Want them most of all. Now fly! Fly! By Craig Davison

I'm a Dandy Lion, A Fate I Don't Deserve! By Craig Davison

I’m a Dandy Lion, A Fate I Don’t Deserve!
By Craig Davison

Craig goes onto talk about his technique, “I would love to say that each painting begins with a set of detailed sketches and colour studies, but for me that isn’t the case. As soon as I have a rough doodle, I want to start – I can’t wait to get stuck into the painting. 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!”

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I Haven’t Got a Brain, Only Straw
By Craig Davison

Why it's a Man... A Man Made out of Tin! By Craig Davison

Why it’s a Man… A Man Made out of Tin!
By Craig Davison

For more information about Craig Davison and his work please visit

Craig Davison at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU.

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