DAVIS, Peter Fraser

1926 - 2000

Born at Brentford, Middlesex on 20 November 1926, son of Archibald Davis and his wife Margaret née Fraser, he is sometimes named Peter Frazer Davis. He 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 of Art, John Cass Institute under Nicholas Egon and Stanley Spencer 1946-1948, then, as a Royal Scholar, at the Royal College of Art 1948-1951 under John Nash, Ruskin Spear and John Minton. He lectured at Hammersmith School 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 a number of carefully observed drawings of around Walberswick, Suffolk. Best known for his dark, intense paintings of an allegorical nature. He had solo shows at Felix Gallery 1957; Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells 1962 and in Suffolk galleries including Framlingham Castle Gallery 1965; Aldeburgh 1970; Halesworth Gallery 1976 and Barn Gallery, Butley 1999. He also exhibited at Picadilly Gallery, London at Miami Beach, Florida. He died at Metfield in 2000.