World famous painter Alan Davie dies at the age of 93

Artist Alan Davie sadly passed away on April 5
Artist Alan Davie sadly passed away on April 5

Grangemouth-born artist Alan Davie died peacefully at home on Saturday.

The well-known painter, who used his love of jazz to inspire his improvised “kaleidoscope canvases”, passed away just days before his work was due to be exhibited in the Tate Britain gallery.

Born in Grangemouth on September 28, 1920, Alan studied at the Edinburgh College of Art before being called up to serve in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War from 1941 to 1946.

A highly creative man, he also played tenor saxophone with Edinburgh’s Tommy Sampson Orchestra in the 1940s.

His first recognition as an artist came in 1948 when he held exhibitions in Venice and Florence and his talent was discovered by American collector Peggy Gugenheim. Alan went on to create thousands of paintings, exhibiting in galleries across the world and taught at both the Royal College of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. He was awarded a CBE in 1972.