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 with Mellis back to Suffolk
1955 Paper collages entered into mixed exhibition at Roland, Browse and Deblanco, London
1979 Selected by William Packer for 'The First British Art Show', an Arts Council touring exhibition of the UK
1983 Solo exhibition of collages at the Hayward Gallery, London
1986 Posthumous retrospective at the Redfern Gallery, London

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: 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 Kettleā€™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

1969 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 'John Moores 7'
1976 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 'John Moores 10'
1973 Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, 'The Five Show'
1979 Arts Council of Great Britain touring show of UK, 'The First British Art Show'
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'

Collections

Arts Council Collection
National Library of Australia, Canberra
Museums Sheffield
Tate
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Francis Davison

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