pre-fair inspiration WITH jack davis

We caught up with Jack this week before we head to London with him for the Battersea Affordable Art Fair 

Jack Davis Affordable Art Fair

NCA: Jack, tell us how’s your summer been and what have you been up to?

JD: After the success of my solo show in St Ives this spring, I have spent the summer in the studio and getting out on the cliffs, sketching and painting. I lead the ‘expressive landscape’ course at the Newlyn School of Art and have the pleasure to meet students from all over the world who come to spend five days with me along the west Penwith peninsula. I’m in deep Poldark country so always lots of happy people when we visit Porthgwarra, a stunning smugglers’ cove apparently made famous by the certain swimming scene involving Adrian.

The highlight of my summer was having my largest work to date ‘Blue Moon’ purchased for a trade embassy in China.

Jack Davis - North Coast Asylum - Cornwall Art Gallery

NCA: We’re so excited to be taking your beautiful coastal works to Battersea’s Affordable Art Fair, what inspired the curation?

JD: I am always drawn to the sea. Personally I find the experience meditative and obtain a deep sense of enrichment, living on the west coast of Cornwall I am surrounded by panoramic ocean views and splendid light.

NCA: Tell us a little about the process that you followed in creating these works?

JD: Each individual painting follows its own process and I allow the piece to evolve in the way it proscribes itself. Painting from memory or plein air studies I have no fixed preconception as to how it will finish, I have an extensive visual vocabulary and through the process of mark making I find order out of chaos. Rather than depicting a static image, I create a new moment that occupies its own time and space.


NCA: What is your favourite piece coming to Battersea?

JD: That’s like asking who’s your favourite child is, so no comment.

I am so humbled that my paintings are being appreciated and find the greatest joy in connecting the right person with the right painting. Everyone will see something new and different and that’s the beauty with art, it gives us the ability to engage with others and ourselves.


NCA: Finally, will you be making an appearance at Battersea?

JD: Yes! The big smoke is on the horizon!

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