Born in 1973 - United Kingdom
S. A. Davids was born and raised in the East End of London where he still has a studio. He graduated with a diploma in Youth & Community Work, a post-grad course in Advertising and Portfolio design and a certificate in Graphic Design.
He has exhibited widely in galleries and art fairs in London, Paris, Miami, Chicago and NY as well as featured in UK newspaper editorial. He has also been published by King & McGraw and the John Lewis Partnership (card and print designs), Top Shop (t-shirts), to name a few.
The art of S. A. Davids - like the man himself - defies easy categorisation: diverse in subject matter, medium and materials, his output encompasses cartoon-like doodling and sketches; more complex drawings and paintings on paper; reliefs and sculpture. Found objects and assorted pieces of wood are transformed into highly wrought works which never attempt to conceal their origin but evolve organically into art works, complementing the heritage of the object. Influences are found in the abandoned, the ephemeral, and the strange: objects, toys, packaging design, and black memorabilia.
A strong Folk aesthetic jostles with a strong modern urban narrative to bring the old bang up to date and fused with the contemporary. For all the richness of technique on show, there is yet an economy of means which Stephen himself describes as “…the art of knowing when to stop”.
2015 The Outside Art Fair, New York
2014 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, The year of the horse.
2014 Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Solo show, ( Sept )
2013 Ketchum PR, Spitalfields, London, The Outsider ( Solo show )
2013 Moniker Art Fair, London, Tag Fine Arts
2013 Pen and Ink and a lick of paint, Solo show Creek Arts, Faversham, Kent
2010 BAF New York, Tag Fine Arts.
2009 Drewetts Autcioneers, Group Show Nick Walker, Goldie, D-Face etc.
2007 Transition Gallery, Blanc Noir, group exhibition ( Oct 2007 )
2007 Torture Foundation, Art Auction with Bridgette Riley, Ralph Stedman
2007 Mulberry School for Girls, workshops for National Youth Conference
2006 Art Miami. Art Chicago USA ( showing 5 drawings and paintings ) with ST-ART gallery
2005 Identity exhibition collaboration with 5 artists, Chapel Gallery,Ormskirk, Lancashire.UK
2005 Raw Arts Festival, Candid Arts, London.
2004 Art Auction, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in conjunction with Sotheby’s, London.
2004 Raw Tower Hamlets Summer University. SS Robin Barge. Canary Wharf
2003 No Fear, Street Art Project in partnership with Brady Arts Centre. Whitechapel. London.
2002 Urban Art #2, Summer University, Tower Hamlets. Whitechapel. London.
2002 Passsge Cloute Beaux Arts, PARIS, France, Childrens Arts Workshop.
2002 East London Printmakers, London
2001 Urban Art, Workshop, Royal Festival Hall. Southbank. London.
2001 Street Art Workshop, POPLAR Harca. London
2001 L’atelier des enfants, Childrens Community Art Project and workshop. Paris. France.
2001 Kids Stuff, Children’s Art Project and workshops. POPLAR Harca.London.
2000 Raw, Decima Gallery. Bermondsey. London.
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