Alan Davie
Image of the Fish God 1956

Artwork details

Alan Davie 1920–2014
Image of the Fish God
Date 1956
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1530 x 1219 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1973
Not on display

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Davie’s paintings are characterised by a variety of personal pictograms, shapes and symbols that he has defined as ‘primordial’. He believes that they have ‘many and varied meanings’, which he leaves open to poetic interpretation and free association. Image of the Fish God has a totemic monumentality that evokes ancient cultures and shamanistic beliefs. The black form may be seen as figurative, and the central diamond is reminiscent of an all-seeing eye.

July 2012

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