Peter Davidson: Drawings are Words in Another Language

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Untitled 466, Peter Davidson, works on display, at Daine Singer, Melbourne (Courtesy: Daine Singer)

MELBOURNE—Melbourne-based artist and architect Peter Davidson’s solo exhibition will be held at Daine Singer from March 14 to April 7, 2018.

Peter Davidson is best known for designing Melbourne’s Federation Square as founder and co-director of LAB architecture studio. Davidson graduated in 1980 from the NSW Institute of Technology in Sydney (now UTS), after which he moved to London and ran his own practice while simultaneously teaching at various institutions. Davidson has taught and lectured extensively, including at the AA, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, London; as Adjunct Professor at UTS in Sydney; and as Visiting Professor at Cooper Union, New York and MIT, Boston. In 1994 Davidson co-founded LAB architecture studio and won the competition to design Federation Square in 1997, at which time he moved from London to Melbourne.

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“Untitled 532,” 2017, Peter Davidson, felt tip pen on paper, 42 x 59.5 cm (Courtesy: Daine Singer)

After suffering a major stroke in 2010, Davidson stopped practicing as an architect and devoted himself full-time to his artistic practice. Drawing has always been an integral part of Davidson’s life, and his drawings reflect a relentless desire to explore the architectural line. Meticulous and intricate; the drawings trace a multitude of patterns and forms through the strict constraint of black lines on paper. In recent years, Davidson has expanded his practice to include watercolours, exploring form and composition through a more poetic lens.

In this exhibition Davidson presents a selection of recent black and white line drawings, some of which appear in his new book Words, Lines, alongside a new series of watercolours.

Daine Singer will also launch Words, Lines, a limited edition book by Peter Davidson alongside his exhibition.

Words in this book have been selected from Davidson’s writings from the 1980s and 1990s, and the drawings have been selected from his 2016 and 2017 works. To quote Peter: drawings are words in another language.

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“Untitled 543,” Peter Davidson, felt tip pen on paper, 29.5 x 42 cm (Courtesy: Daine Singer)
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