"It's a Beautiful World"
Paul Davis’s recent drawings are a visual essay conjured up from a journey in his head. Inspired by the environment he observes and experiences, on the bus, in the street, overheard conversations. They attempt to explore and record the world we all inhabit, either in reality, mediated or virtually.
Davis works in a notebook, like a journalist, recording his psychogeographic ambulations through the city of his imagination. His view of the world is one we recognize, but sometimes struggle to understand. His trademark scribbles, blobs, diagrammatic doodles and uncompromising caustic black humour is still evident.
This new work is more personal, and ambiguous, but still manages to convey a surreal unconventional beauty.
Paul is Drawings Editor of the independent quarterly arts and literature newspaper/magazine, The Drawbridge.
Paul is currently editing a book of photographs and working on a new book about London life with Jocelyn Bain Hogg titled 'Tired of London, Tired of Life' (after a famous Dr Samuel Johnson quote in a conversation of 1777, as recalled by his friend, diarist and biographer, James Boswell).
The book has been funded by the principal of 'crowd-funding' (see www.emphas.is/web/guest/bookproject?projectID=674).
About Paul Davis
Born 1962 Somerset, England.
Paul Davis is an artist and illustrator whose widely acclaimed work has taken him all over the world for the past years with exhibitions in Paris, New York, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Porto, Stockholm and of course London. He is the author of three books to date, Blame Everyone Else (Browns 2004), Us And Them (Lawrence King/Princeton Architectural Press 2004) and What Happens Is Good (Browns 2010) He is constantly in demand from both design groups worldwide and editorial clients. He has just completed a series of drawings about the tsunami/earthquake in Japan and Ryuichi Sakamoto has composed specific music for the project.
Work featured in Creative Review, Time Out, Graphics International, Print (US) , Barfout ?(Jap), Dazed & Confused, Self Service (Fra), Illustration (Jap), Bibel (Swe), Doing Bird (Aus), Independent On Sunday, I.D., Arena, Blueprint, Clear, Eye Magazine, The Believer, PPaper, Varoom 3x3.
All images are copyright 2012 by Paul Davis.