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Painter, ceramist and teacher, born in Trebanos, near Swansea. After Royal Air Force service, 1943–7, Davies attended Swansea College of Art, 1947–52, then taught in several schools in England and Wales, at Tregaron Secondary School, 1955–85. Group exhibitions included Leicester Galleries, CASW, Royal National Eisteddfod, SWG and Howard Roberts Gallery, Cardiff. Showed solo at University College, Wales, Aberystwyth, where the National Library holds several pictures, with religious themes. It gave Davies a retrospective in 1994. This revealed Davies’s long preoccupation with Welsh landscape and its buildings; his love of calligraphy; of the mysterious and the spiritual in pictures tinged with a Celtic melancholy; and his indebtedness to the Catalan painter Antoni Tàpies, whose work prompted Davies’s own materials paintings from 1974.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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