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The 342nd Exhibition Line in the sand: Paul Davis

February 06, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Drawing by Paul Davis / Design by Stephen Coates
Drawing by Paul Davis / Design by Stephen Coates
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Thirty years have gone by since Paul Davis jumped into the world of art and illustration. The intelligence and sophistication of his drawings have enabled him to work on commissions for famous magazines and clients, to mount exhibitions internationally, and to create passionate fans of his work around the world.
This exhibition delves into Davis's massive archive, showing a stringently selected set of work that features only those pieces that truly satisfy the artist (most of which have never been published before). The 'line in the sand' of the exhibition's title is a borderline that Paul Davis has drawn in front of himself, one that marks both a beginning and an ending. It also marks the border between art and illustration, a territory often occupied New York Times artist Saul Steinberg, whose work Davis greatly admires. Line in the sand embodies the gathering together of Davis's work at the point just before he crosses this line and sets off into the next phase.
"Line in the sand" will also be published in conjunction with the exhibition.


ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building, 7-2, Ginza 7-chome,
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: 03.3571.5206
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. on Saturdays)
Closed Sundays and holidays. Admission free.

Gallery Talk

Date: February 6 (Fri), 2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Guest: Paul Davis
Venue: 3rd floor, DNP Ginza Bldg.
Admission free. Reservations required (capacity: 70).

*For reservations, click here

Paul Davis

After leaving Exeter College of Art & Design in 1985 with a BA (Hons) and winning a national illustration award, Davis moved to London to pursue a career in art and illustration. He eventually found success in both after years of knocking on doors and showing gigantic analogue, pre-internet, pre-pdf portfolios.

Clients became interested and this interest turned into commissions, accolades and a long client list.
These include IBM, Sony, Mercedes, The Wellcome Trust, BMW, The New York Times, Vogue, Eye, Virgin Atlantic, Frankfurt Theatre, The New Yorker, Big Magazine, Grafik Magazine, Harvey Nichols Windows, Conran, Anzac Hotels, Heals, Wolff Olins, LA Times, Blueprint, ID, Nieves Books, Ikea, Laurence King, Wallpaper*, Oxford University, Harvard University, Libération, Pentagram, Studio Fernando Gutiérrez, RDI, Browns, Kerr/Noble, Colette, McSweeney’s, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Print magazine, Australian Creative Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and in 2004, he won best illustrator working today for Creative Review magazine and The Press Awards cartoonist of the year. Other awards include NY ADC, Tokyo ADC, D&AD, American Illustration and he received an honorary webby (with the designers Applied Information Graphics) for his website copyrightdavis.com

He works in a variety of ways from simple line drawings, text pieces, monoprint, to complicated animations and painting.

He teaches, lectures and speaks in colleges and institutions worldwide and continues to exhibit his work internationally.

Recent shows include Ynglinggagatan1, Museet Moderna, Stockholm 2011; A Perfect Day, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam; A Beautiful Pile-up and These Drawings Were Sent Down To Walk Amongst You, Coningsby Gallery, London, both 2012; Joyous, Coningsby gallery 2013; Post-it Note Drawings, Agnes B, Paris 2014.

His books include "Blame Everyone Else" and "What Happens is Good," both published by Browns, London and both won awards.
Davis self-published a broadsheet with Alexander Gelman: "Gelman/Davis."
"Us & Them" was published in July 2004 by Laurence King and Princeton Architectural Press in America, he writes and illustrates a column for Varoom magazine (AOI) and also writes for Eye magazine.

In 2012 Davis collaborated with Ryuichi Sakamoto on a "A Very Serious Group Of Drawings" to raise money and awareness concerning the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Sakamoto composed specific music for the project.



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