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Man with Ring (1975)


John Davies is a sculptor working in mixed media. Born in Cheshire in 1946, he studied painting at art schools in Hull and Manchester from 1963-67, before studying sculpture at the Slade School from 1967-69. He was awarded a sculpture Fellowship to Gloucestershire College of Art 1969-70, and in 1970 won a Sainsbury Award. He has had several one-man exhibitions in London, with others in Hull and Hamburg, and his work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Europe and in India, Australia and Columbia. He is represented in several public collections in Britain. Davies's sculptures are always based on the human figure. He tries to make his figures appear as lifelike as possible and hopes that by doing so they will express something about the nature of human behaviour and existence. This sculpture was made by a combination of modelling and casting. The head was cast from life, but was not intended as a portrait of the sitter, Timothy Platt. The figure is posed as if shouting, and the ring is what Davies calls a 'device' - such things are ubiquitous in his work - which serves to distract the viewer's attention from the frozen expression of the face. It also suggests that the figure is engaged in another, unspecified, task.