Biog. and artist’s statement

Rob Davies is a contemporary visual artist whose work deals with a variety of themes. His often gestural expressionist-like approach displays a deft handling of mediums and mark-making, and the work often suggests a pull between immediacy or spontaneity, and a layered, ‘sophisticated’ approach. His work shows a particular interest in the conflicts between our perceptions of the rational and the absurd – or between reality and fiction, and has covered subjects ranging from myth to the native American Indian in the Hollywood movie, appropriating imagery from real life and also film and media. He has exhibited in various galleries around the UK and has work in private collections in the UK and overseas. 

He is often pulled towards the notion of a romantic ‘sublime’ (or at least the sublime as typical in 18th and 19th century depictions of landscape) contrasting with a reality that could be seen as less ‘pleasing’ – and more recently combining elements from semi-industrial/semi-wild environments into landscapes that hover somewhere between believable and Sci-fi.

Within the creation of these semi-imaginary landscapes is the acknowledgement of the mind’s tendencies to interrupt the ordinary world. More recently he has been steering further towards a kind of ‘fantastic realism’, synthesised with/ and contrasting alongside a gestural mark-making. The paintings, using a variety of media from watercolour to oils, often depict landscapes as both fragmented and also in a state of becoming alive.

The work often plays with the idea of marks being just that – marks, as well as becoming something much more ‘sophisticated’ and creating forms and illusions. His early work was much more gestural and expressive, with simple lines and marks being strongly evident, and which is now making more of a presence again in the work. However, the subject matter of, say, an old house with still life, has an almost kitch-ness to it, and a typical mysteriousness to it, which, on one level, is simply enjoyable to paint.

‘(The larger works demonstrate) a refreshing talent and immediacy…
a strange, edgy contrast between Turner and popular culture’
Terry Duffy, writing for Art In Liverpool

Solo Exhibitions

‘Rob Davies, Watercolours’ at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead. July and August 2023.

‘Sacred Landfill’ at 32 Market street, Hoylake, 5th June 2018

Theatr Clwyd, Mold, Flintshire, 31st April to 20th May 2018.

‘Off The Tracks’ in The Spotlight Gallery, Dean Clough,
Halifax, U.K, September 2016

‘Vital Energy’ – at The Albert Dock, Liverpool, April 2008

Solo exhibition ‘Moving Air’ (the interaction of music and visual images)
At Blackthorn Galleries, Birkenhead. November 1997

Group Exhibitions

Output Gallery, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool. From 18th September 2021

Looking At The Reflection Of Reality, Mark Devereux Associates, at Castlefield New spaces, Manchester, 2014

Cork Street Open Exhibition, London, 2012

‘Best of Merseyside artists’ exhibition, as part of the biennial, 2010, organised by Editions Gallery, held at the Conservation centre, Liverpool.

LAN – Liverpool Artists’ Network, in ‘Novas’ Contemporary Urban Centre, as part of the Liverpool Biennial, 20th September 2008.

The alTURNERtive Art Prize, The View Two Gallery, Liverpool, November 2007 to January 2008.

Part of the group exhibition ‘ReNew ‘06’ at John Moores University Gallery, Liverpool – April, 2006.

Organised, and exhibited in group exhibition at Waterstones bookshop, Piccadilly, London. Sept 2004

Visionfest, Albert Dock, Liverpool. 1997

‘Candid Arts’, Islington. 1995

Hanover Galleries, Liverpool. 1994/ ‘95

Group exhibition as part of ‘The 218 project’ (the name of the bus route from Stoke-on-Trent to Leek) – ‘A tribute to packaging’: transforming and altering the images on disposable packages. Work displayed in a public House, near Leek. Spring 1993

Public Art Projects

´Work On The Line´, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool. 2015


2004 The Guardian newspaper
2000 United Utilites/ North West Water

Work in Public collections .     Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Artist In residence at Metal Culture, Edge Hill Station, Liverpool,
September 2014 – September 2015