In autumn 2017, Turner Contemporary presents an installation by John Davies, whose haunting, figurative sculptures touch on memory, time and the fragility of the body.
Throughout his career, Davies has focused on the human head and figure, using a variety of different media. Of his early figures, often cast from life and clothed, Davies has said, ‘I wanted to make a figure, not like a piece of sculpture, more like a person…. I wanted my sculpture to be more like life in the street’.
To create his more recent works, Davies models in clay before casting in polychrome polyester and fibreglass, arranging his figures in carefully choreographed relationships.
Although predominantly known for his sculptures, drawing in series has always been a fundamental part of Davies’ practice. This exhibition brings together a new, large-scale tableau alongside a series of scarecrow-like sculptures and group of recent drawings.
John Davies (b. 1946) is one of the most important figurative sculptors of his generation and is represented in major collections, including Tate, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, Whitworth Art Gallery and the British Council Collection. His bronze sculpture Scarecrow (2012), was included in Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Self in 2015. John Davies is represented by Marlborough Fine Art.