Reviews

For reviews of Tim Davies' exhibition for Wales in Venice at the 54th Biennale, click on the following links:

Kathleen MacQueen's review on Bombsite; Emily Warner's review on The Brooklyn Rail; Faye Hirsch's review for Art in America

Some other reviews:

Emily Gosling's review of Mel Gooding's Art Rules! (And how to break them) which features Tim Davies' Figures in a Landscape in Design Week.

Click on the following links for reviews of the In and Amongst solo show at Fold Gallery, London on the Artlyst website and Flux magazine.

PREVIEW of A FOCUS FOR MEMORY at THE USHER GALLERY, LINCOLN by ROBERT CLARK in THE GUARDIAN GUIDE 3.11.12

Wars, conflicts and undefined moments of crisis are hinted at and decidedly unglorified...Images are fleeting, subjects anti-heroic, recollections unresolved, and perspectives are highly personal and unashamedly subjective. The camera may lie, but it offers alternatives to mass media cliches and stereotypes.

PREVIEW of YEAR TO HEAVEN at CHAPTER, CARDIFF by SKYE SHERWIN in THE GUARDIAN GUIDE 11.12.10

Cultural memory, mourning and how newspapers present tragedy are just some of the big issues tackled in the prints, films and installations in this survey of Tim Davies's serious-minded art. Remembrance Day, for instance, is the focus of one of the show's key works, the film series Cadet. Yet for all the weighty subject matter, Davies has a remarkable deftness of touch, making arresting work from the simplest materials. A recreation of one of his earliest pieces is striking: a delicate graphite wall drawing composed from thousands of burned matches.

REVIEW of BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE at the GLYNN VIVIAN GALLERY by SUE STEWARD in WWW.THEARTSDESK.COM 8.11.09

Davies' major solo show at the Glynn Vivian Gallery in his hometown, Swansea, is a thoughtful, exciting collection of mixed media projects linked, sometimes obviously, sometimes obscurely, always lyrically, to the shared title.... The seemingly simple beauty of Tim Davies' work often conceals complex and unexpected connections with politics, class and environmental issues.... Subtlety and simplicity are Davies' trademark; but his works shine with considered layers of meaning.

REVIEW of KILKENNY SHIFT at the BUTLER GALLERY, KILKENNY by MARTIN BRENNAN in the KILKENNY PEOPLE 3.6.09

Tim Davies' work is well devised, well displayed and well thought-through, overall a refreshingly different and stimulating collection of work. Davies' clever and subtle nature is his real strength, and through this work he succeeds in doing what all great artists must, to make people think.

REVIEW of KILKENNY SHIFT at the BUTLER GALLERY by GERRY MCCARTHY in the SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE MAGAZINE 10.5.09

Across different media, Davies's work has an underlying unity. There is satisfying coherence to his ideas. This does not mean that his work is static or repetitive: the DVD film, Kilkenny Shift, is a response to the castle's environment, but also marks a clarification of related themes in his earlier output.

REVIEW of @EARTHLINK at the CAZENOVIA GALLERY, NEW YORK by KATHERINE RUSHMORE in the SYRACUSE POST STANDARD 9.3.08

Tim Davies' two video pieces on DVD monitors demonstrate sensitivity and a dramatic touch. In the three-monitor piece titled "Still," Davies looks to the Northern European Lepidoptera Collection held at the Swansea Museum in the United Kingdom to reclaim the lost lives of butterfly specimens. In the visually stunning "Arrangements (The Cuba Jug) 1 - 9," he documents the process of arranging a pitcher of flowers.

REVIEW of CADET at the COLLINS GALLERY GLASGOW by MORAG KEIL in THE SKINNY ISSUE 20, MAY 07

...It carries a strong theme of grief, both public and private. Despite the presence of video works in the show, there is a cool quietness in the atmosphere of the gallery. The walls are lined with a small army of drawings which feature neatly scored-out images of grand memorials. The work is defined by an extremely minimal aesthetic. The cinematography of the videos has parallels to the composition of a Vermeer painting, giving the depictions of the grieving a solemn beauty.

REVIEW of BUTTERFLY in the BIG ISSUE CYMRU 13-19.3.06

Actually, to call Butterfly a play is something of a misnomer. With music by the acclaimed Amy Wadge and an art installation by the equally lauded Tim Davies, it's more of a sensory smorgasbord of creativity; it really is an event.

REVIEW of CEREMONY at the PUMP HOUSE GALLERY, BATTERSEA, LONDON by PAMELA BUXTON in DESIGN WEEK 11.8.05

Ceremony does not shirk from death - particularly engrossing is Rosmarinus Officinalis, a video by Tim Davies, which documents the construction of a funeral wreath that is beautifully lit to resemble a Dutch still life

REVIEW of LLAWR FFORESTFACH:RETURNED PARQUET by BRUCE BARCOTT in the NEW YORK TIMES 9.5.04

As the sun began to dip below the palm fronds, we came upon the park's signature work, the British artist Tim Davies's Returned Parquet, a 4-foot-wide, 40-foot-long strip of mahogany flooring set in the rich forest soil. All of Belize's complex colonial history is contained in this old wood floor.

PREVIEW of STILL LIFE at the CITY GALLERY, LEICESTER by ROBERT CLARK in THE GUARDIAN GUIDE 10.4.04

With an eye for the simply composed yet powerfully telling image, he focuses on hidden historical details and defaces the facade of colonialism and nationalism.

ARTICLE about the ARTES MUNDI EXHIBITION at the NATIONAL MUSEUM WALES, CARDIFF in the WESTERN MAIL by IWAN BALA 15.9.04

It is perhaps in the hidden depths that he excels. His work varies greatly in materials and methods, but they share a certain surface calm and beauty, but beneath that often-austere surface run currents of a darker, indignant, if not angry, mood.

REVIEW of EXPLORATIONS at the NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS OF WALES by CAROLINE JULER in GALLERIES JULY 2003

Tim Davies has been making installations of cauterising beauty...As always the means are condensed and the point poised finely between political protest and elegy...Restrained, hard-hitting, poignant, truthful, not afraid of its feelings: these describe Tim Davies's work to date...Tim Davies stands apart from many conceptual artists of his generation as he owns up to feeling; this allows us into his work on an equal footing. It is a relief to see an artist trying to be so honest.

REVIEW of PROCESS II at ORIEL DAVIES, NEWTON, and GUARDIAN 'PICK OF THE WEEK' by JESSICA LACK 7.4.03

This timely installation by Tim Davies explores the themes of patriotism, freedom and lost innocence.

REVIEW of ALICE MAHER/TIM DAVIES EXHIBITION at TRISKEL ARTS CENTRE, CORK by ALANNAH HOPKIN in CIRCA, SUMMER 1999

Welsh artist Tim Davies produced a beautiful work, also floor-based, which consisted of thousands of opaque wax nails...a restrained, formal elegance

REVIEW of CHORA EXHIBITION AT UNDERWOOD ST GALLERY, LONDON by HUGH STODDART in CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS ISSUE 26, 1999

Davies has achieved a striking transformation: something soft and mutable stiffened into precision. It balances on a razor's edge between figurative meaning and the abstract.