Froyle Davies is a New Zealand artist, specialising in creating paintings of dramatic colour and rich texture.
The inspiration for my painting comes from colour itself, and my approach to art is most akin to abstract expressionism. The paintings are a celebration of the creative process; whereby the initial inspiration is the spring board and from this the art evolves.
I work mainly in acrylic paint and mixed media collage. My love for experimentation can be seen through the extensive use of art materials and the different techniques explored during my many years of arts practice. I particularly enjoy abstract art, because I believe the non-representational format allows for a greater sense of personal interpretation; both for the artist and the viewer.
Recently my whole world turned upside down, when I found my birth family and point of origin. Returning to the beautiful land of Aotearoa and exploring my Māori heritage, has had a profound impact on my arts practice. I am outworking a new found exploration of identity through my series of paintings, The Journey Home. The cultural understanding that I have gained is being expressed through my series, Origins of Life and together this body of work makes up the collection, Between Two Worlds.
I have been painting and exhibiting for the past twenty five years, mostly in Australia. I have been involved in many group exhibitions and have held a number of successful solo shows. I am currently living in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
My story ‘The Journey Home’ was published by The New Zealand Artist magazine, March / April 2018.
2018: Solo Exhibition - Inheritance
Square Edge Community Arts Centre, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
2018: Solo Exhibition - The Journey Home
Space Studio Gallery, Whanganui New Zealand
2016: Solo Exhibition - The Colours of Hope
Gatakers ArtSpace, Maryborough, QLD
2015: Solo Exhibition - Streetscapes of San Francisco
The Green Cathedral, Noosaville , QLD
2014: Solo Exhibition - Streetscapes of San Francisco
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, Hervey Bay, QLD
2014: Solo Exhibition - Soundscape
Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie, QLD
2013: Group Exhibition - Streetscapes
Jive Art, Noosa Heads, QLD
2013: Group Exhibition - The Story
The Grid Gallery, Toowoomba, QLD
2012: Solo Exhibition - Being Home
Harbourside Gallery, Tewantin, QLD
2011: Solo Exhibition - Postcards from Eternity
Evergreen Lifestyle Centre, Noosaville, QLD
2009: Solo Exhibition - The Colours of Hope
Butter Factory Gallery, Cooroy, QLD
2008: Solo Exhibition - Soundscape
Up Front Club, Maleny, QLD