Biography

1919 Born
1932 Sent to England from Cannes to attend St George's School, Essex
1944-5 Married to Brenda Roberts
1945 Moved to London, then Cap d'Antibes, with Margaret Mellis and her son, Telfer Stokes
1950 Moved back to Suffolk, England
1955 Collages entered into mixed exhibitions at Roland, Browse and Deblanco, London
1983 Solo exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London
1984 Died

Selected solo exhibitions

1981 Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
1982 MOMA, Oxford
1983 Hayward Gallery, London 'Francis Davison: Paper Collages'
1986 Redfern Gallery, London 'Francis Davison, 1919-1984: a retrospective'
1988 Redfern Gallery, London 'Francis Davison, 1919-1984, Works with Green'
1996 Aldeburgh Festival Exhibition, Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh
2003 Austin Desmond, London 'Francis Davison: Paintings and Collages, 1948-83'
2006 Austin Desmond, London 'Francis Davison: Early Paintings, Late Collages'
2007-08 Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge 'Francis Davison: Collages and early works'
2010 Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham 'Francis Davison: 1919-1984'
2012 Austin Desmond, London 'Francis Davison: Collages'
2017 Redfern Gallery, London 'Francis Davison: Collages'

Selected group exhibitions

1973 Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 'The Five Show'
1979 Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield 'British Art Show' (touring)
1989 South Bank Centre, London 'The Experience of Painting: Eight Modern Artists'
1992 Gainsborough's House, Sudbury 'Margaret Mellis and Francis Davison'
1996 Bede Gallery, London, 'Margaret Mellis & Francis Davison, A Drift of Angels'
2002 Austin Desmond Fine Art, London 'Aspects of Modern British and Irish Art'

Publications

'Douglas Allsop, Laurence Anthony, Stephen Collingbourne, Francis Davison, Margaret Mellis', Cambridge: Kettle's Yard, 1973 (ex. cat.)
Spalding, J. (introduction), 'Francis Davison: Paper Collages', London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1983 (ex. cat.)
Spalding, J. and P. Heron, 'Francis Davison, 1919-1984: a retrospective', London: Redfern Gallery, 1986 (ex. cat.)
'Francis Davison 1919-1984, Works with Green', London: Redfern Gallery, 1988 (ex. cat.)
'The Experience of Painting: Eight Modern Artists', London: South Bank Centre, 1989 (ex. cat.)
'Margaret Mellis & Francis Davison, A Drift of Angels', Jarrow: Bede Gallery, 1996 (ex. cat.)
Archer, D., 'Aspects of Modern British and Irish Art', London: Austin/Desmond Fine Art, 2002 (ex. cat.)
Powers, A., 'Francis Davison: Paintings and Collages, 1948-83', London: Austin/Desmond Fine Art, 2003 (ex. cat.)
Colledge, C., 'Francis Davison: Early Paintings, Late Collages', London: Austin/Desmond Fine Art, 2006 (ex. cat.)
Harrison, M. (introduction), 'Francis Davison: Collages and early works', Cambridge: Kettle's Yard, 2007 (ex. cat.)
Lewis, A. (essay), 'Francis Davison: 1919-1984', Uppingham: Goldmark Gallery, 2010 (ex. cat.)
'Francis Davison: Collages', London: Austin/Desmond Fine Art, 2012
Lambirth, A., 'Francis Davison', Bristol: Sansom & Co., 2014
Lambirth, A., 'Francis Davison: Collages', London: Redfern Gallery, 2017

Collections

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
National Library of Australia
Sheffield Museum and Art Gallery
State Library of South Australia
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London