Alan Davie

Obscure Biological Function Surrounded by Nerve Impulses

1948

Medium
Monotype on paper
Dimensions
Support: 254 x 401 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1989
Reference
P77280

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Influenced by the Surrealists, Davie would make prints by sandwiching ink between a pane of glass and a sheet of paper, and scratching the paper with his fingers. The image only became visible once the sheet was lifted. Davie was enthusiastic about this chance element, writing: 'I have discovered so much and developed so rapidly ¿ My work is something very strange'. His poetic titles relate this strange imagery to the natural world.

Gallery label, September 2004