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Peter Davies' text and abstract paintings refer back to the history and the techniques of painting. His vivid schemes revive an interest in the optical effects of colour and ordered pattern. They recall Op art of the 1970s, but also reproduce the mesmerising effects of computer-generated designs or television test cards. Small Touching Squares Painting is an example of the somewhat obsessive nature of his painting. However his work also retains a visibly hand-made quality. Since graduating in 1996 from Goldsmiths College, he has exhibited in the 1997 Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy and gained increasing prominence as part of an emerging generation of British artists.

August 2004