From his catalogue entry for his 70th birthday exhibition at the Belgrave Gallery (1995)
'Influence of Cornwall I first came to Cornwall in the summer of 1946, staying at Gwithian Towans for several months. I spent three months at St Keverne in early 1947 and lived in Penwith for 18 months from late 1949 to 1951, mainly at Gwithian but also at St Ives. From 1952 I spent several weeks in Cornwall almost every year until 1992 when I came to live here permanently, first at Cockwells and then at Penzance. Cornwall has always had a considerable influence on my development as a painter predominantly through its landscape, its rocky coastline, and the way in which the light plays on the sea...Since living permanently in Cornwall, the influence has been correspondingly greater and my work has found a new impetus as well as a new direction.'
Robin's education was at Bournemouth Grammar School and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He had several solo shows in London when his early work was admittedly abstract expressionist. After a dry period in which he trained as a psychologist, psychotherapist and group analyst, he began again in 1979 to make work, first in wood collages and then as a painter, still abstract in nature but with a much greater textural and disrupted finish/surface.
His final home was in Penzance.
Painting, wood collage
works and access
works incl: Abstract (1991) oil on board; Vortex (1983) oil on card
1995: Robin Davis 70th birthday, Belgrave Gallery
1996: Bakehouse Gallery, Penzance
misc further info
Enquiry for copyright holder (2012): any information welcome.
Belgrave Gallery, St Ives (1995) Exh card/personal information
Buckman, David (2006) Artists in Britain since 1945
WCAA: Exhibition notes