DAVIS, Peter Fraser

1926 - 2000

Peter Fraser Davis, sometimes Peter Frazer, was born at Brentford, Middlesex on 20 November 1926, son of Wilfred Egwin Davis (14 October 1894-20 December 1953), a bank official, and his wife Annie Helen née Fraser (18 December 1892-26 January 1979), who married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1919 and in 1939, were living at 153a The Broadway, Uxbridge Road, Ealing, Middlesex. Peter studied at Ealing School of Art 1941-1945, during some of this time he served as a 'Bevin Boy' in the mines for his war service, followed by the Central School gf Arts and Crafts, Cass School of Art 1946-1948, under Nicholas Egon (1921-2017) and Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) and then, as a Royal Scholar, at the Royal College of Art 1948-1951 under John Nash (1893-1977), Ruskin Spear (1911-1990) and John Minton (1917-1957). He lectured at Hammersmith College of Art 1955-1975 then at Chelsea School of Art 1975-1980 when he retired from teaching to paint full-time. He moved to Metfield in Suffolk from where he produced several carefully observed drawings of in and around Walberswick, Suffolk. Best known for his dark, intense paintings of an allegorical nature, his main works being 'Eros and Agape', 'Don Quixote' and 'Gethsemane'. He had his first solo show, when of 5 Farm Cottages, Hanger Lane, Ealing, at Felix Gallery, William Road, Ealing in 1957 also exhibiting at Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells 1962; Picadilly Gallery, London and at Miami Beach, Florida also in many Suffolk galleries including Framlingham Castle Gallery 1965; Aldeburgh 1970; Halesworth Gallery and Barn Gallery, Butley 1999. Peter Fraser Davis died at Metfield in 2000.

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