Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central concern is the transformation and reconfiguration of space through her paintings and wider multi-disciplinary work which includes installation, sculpture, photography and drawing. Beginning with the highly rational language of architecture as her primary source, Davis reassembles its geometries to create new, multifaceted spaces.
With a number of paintings in the series ‘This Unfolds’ (2014-20), Davis started with photographs of the undersides of two buildings, both of cultural significance; Caixa Foundation designed by Herzog de Meuron in Madrid and Quai Branly in Paris, Davis merged the two different spaces and forms; re-visualizing, re-constructing and reconfiguring architectural elements to create a third space of multi-dimensional environments. Various portal like openings allude to the boundaries between physical and psychological boundaries; connecting and disconnecting boundaries and pathway intimating a more personalised space and environment of one’s own creation.
Rosalind Davis is an artist, curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis works within painting and installation and has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries and has had a number of solo shows in London: the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre. Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute, the Foundry Gallery, JGM Gallery, Bo Lee Gallery, Thameside Gallery, Arthouse1 Gallery, Standpoint Gallery, Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse, APT Gallery; Koppel Projects, no format Gallery, the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize (London) Phoenix Brighton, DOK (Edinburgh) and with the UK Young Artists (Derby). Her work is held in a number of private collections and public collections including Soho House.
Since 2018 Rosalind Davis has alongside her own practice has been working on collaborations with artist Justin Hibbs making site specific works for no format gallery, Seven Oaks Kaleidoscope Gallery, (London and Sevenoaks, 2018) Arthouse1 and My Cup of Coffee is your Cup of Tea and the Foundry Gallery (London, 2019). In 2020 they have works in ‘The Collectors Room’ at JGM Gallery curated by Karen David and ‘Substance Bundle’ at Koppel Projects curated by Alexander Stavrou which are currently closed due to Coronavirus but will re-open when Government policy allows.
Rosalind Davis is also a curator, art consultant, teacher and writer.
A passionate and a dedicated art professional Davis has been directing arts organisations and curatorial projects for over 10 years as well as teaching for even longer and carrying out consultancy work with arts organisations and collectors, as well as companies such as E4 and the Olympic Part on communications and strategy.
She was appointed the Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in Bedford Row 2016 -20. Curating generally 3 shows per year, and including a graduate award exhibition every 18 months to support new career artists working with top London Art Schools.
Her first exhibition; Complicity. Artifice and Illusion was reviewed by Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ They have also been included in The Times, City Magazine, The Londonist’s top 7 exhibitions in London, Paul Carey-Kents Artworld and DateagleArt blogs. Since her appointment at the gallery she has co-hosted a number of events; for the Fine Art Group, The Mall Galleries and Young Professionals in the Arts as well as tours for Barry Schwabsky, the Smithsonian, the Contemporary Art Society and the Government Art Collection. Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with Zeitgeist Arts Projects an arts organisation Davis co-directed 2012-15 at Bond House Gallery (ASC) as well as at Core Gallery 2010-12. Both based in South East London and which included artists education programmes, art tours as well as curatorial projects.
Davis lectures expansively at universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, ICA, Camden Arts Centre, UAL and many more, and has been a mentor for over ten years working for a-n, Artquest, Shape Arts, Plop, UKYA and independently.
Davis has also led art tours for the ICA (London and Boston), South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery and contributed to BBC4’s Film ‘Tales of Winter. The Art of Snow and Ice.’ As a Consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independants as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.
Winter SalonRamsgate 4 - 29 November 2020For the first edition of the Winter Salon in Ramsgate the gallery brings together eleven artists. Coming from all different horizons and practice, working with multiple media, and often with an already established international career, they encompass diverse schools of thoughts and traditions within the realm of contemporary art. In the narrow and open space of the Vinyl Head Gallery the curators are aiming for chaos and order, opposites, clashes, anarchy, where each work interplays with others and defines its own boundaries.
Rosalind Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally available. Davis has also been an Ambassador and curatorial mentor for UK Young Artists and sat on many judging panels to select works for exhibitions and prizes including the Robert Walters / UKYA exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.