David Davies Paintings

David Davies was an Australian artist known for his landscape paintings, born on June 28, 1864, in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. He established himself during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Davies received his early education at the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries, where he displayed a strong interest in art.

After his initial education, he moved to Melbourne in 1886 to attend the National Gallery School. There, he studied under the tutelage of George Folingsby, an Irish painter and educator known for his influence on Australian art. During his time at the National Gallery School, Davies won several student awards, which helped him gain recognition in the local art scene.

Davies was a part of the Box Hill artists' camp, an influential group of Australian Impressionists who worked en plein air—painting outdoors to capture the natural light and atmosphere. His association with other artists like Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton during this period was pivotal in his development as an artist.

In 1890, he was awarded the prestigious National Gallery's traveling scholarship, which allowed him to study in Europe. He spent time in London and Paris, where he was exposed to the works of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and these experiences significantly impacted his style and technique.

Upon returning to Australia in the mid-1890s, Davies continued to paint, exploring the effects of light and atmosphere in his landscapes. He was particularly known for his nocturnal scenes and his ability to capture the unique Australian light. His works were exhibited widely, including in the Victorian Artists' Society and the Australian Artists' Association shows.

Davies' later years saw him move away from painting due to ill health, and he turned to writing and poetry. Despite this shift, his contribution to Australian art was significant, influencing the development of Australian Impressionism. David Davies died on March 26, 1939, in Looe, Cornwall, England. His legacy is preserved in the collections of major Australian galleries, including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.