'Super Star Fucker Andy Warhol Text Painting', Peter Davies, 2002
Acrylic on canvas, 254 x 213 cm
This painting won first prize in John Moores 22, 2002.
Peter Davies was born in Edinburgh in 1970. He studied at the University of Brighton 1989-92 and Goldsmiths' College 1994-96. While at Goldsmiths' he was included in three group exhibitions at Lost in Space, London, and in 1997 he appeared in 'Sensation' at the Royal Academy. He has since shown regularly in London and in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil and Scandinavia, including one-person shows in London at the Approach 1998 and Gagosian Gallery 2001.
In his statement accompanying the work, Davies said:
"For some years I have been making text paintings alongside abstract paintings. Both types feed off and inform one another. The text paintings offer a playful and humorous take on my attempts to understand art history and contemporary art. In contrast to how text has often been used in contemporary art, most notably with conceptualism, I want my paintings to be visually seductive and enjoyable to look at, and whilst being serious, to convey a sense of fun and mischief. I have made text paintings on various themes, such as 'A to Zs' and 'Top 100s' of my favourite artists in different categories. This painting was inspired by seeing the recent large Warhol show in Berlin and is one of a series where I have taken one key figure as a starting point and made a painting which resembles a flow chart or mind map. I am interested in the formal, visual result which comes from this way of organising information as a painting, and how by having words which make reference to the history of art can heighten the 'content' of a painting. I want to make paintings that combine the sensuality and beauty of formalism with the humour and toughness of conceptualism."