Displaced Villa II, 2013. Acrylic on Linen, 122 cm x 91 cm
House, Palms, Pool 2013. Acrylic on Linen, 182 cm x 150 cm
SUBLIME MODERNISM By Philippa Daly. Habitus Magazine Online, 2013
Paul Davies paints a house we all know. With its clean lines, simple proportions and defined angles, the house Davies depicts is textbook modernism – a building recognizable the world over. But, in Davies’ house, there is no one home. The front door is shut, the house is empty, and the windows dark. And with no-body to swim in it, the pool is now an untouched mirror for the blackened and vacant form above it. Suddenly, with eerie precision, this is no longer a home we recognize, but an isolated landscape where we are the lone figure.
“I’d seen these buildings photographed before,” says Davies of his modernist house, “and they seem inviting.” “But when you are actually there,” he continues, “when you are confronted with their concrete, and their form, you feel abandoned and isolated – there is a kind of eerie nature about them.” With their ghostly flowing curtains, iridescent pink skies and lurid bush surroundings, Davies’ artworks certainly portray this certain kind of eerie.
Paul’s works are influenced by mid-century architecture and are delicately layered using hand-cut stencils. I think these works are simply wonderful, engaging and illusive simultaneously -
In addition, we are ohhh so fortunate to have a sneak peak at artist Paul’s and his wife Sarah’s apartment, kindly showcased by the Design Files team. Their lovely Sydney apartment is filled with ARTworks and precious precious pieces.
Shortly after the Design Files interview, Paul and Sarah were jetting to the US, happy travels/ success.