Ivor Davies

Welsh artist, art historian and activist Ivor Davies is one of the foremost figures in contemporary Welsh art.

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Ivor Davies was born in Treharris, south Wales in November 1935.

He studied at the Cardiff and Swansea Colleges of Art between 1952 and 1957, and later at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He also completed a PhD on the subject of the Russian avant-garde.

Davies taught art history at the University of Wales and at the University of Edinburgh. He became the head of cultural studies at Gwent College of Higher Education in 1978 where he remained until his retirement from teaching in 1988.

Much of Davies' work is stimulated by Welsh culture and politics.

In the 1960s he made works of art by using explosives, reflecting his idea of the element of destruction in the world and in society. He was also involved with the Destruction in Art Symposium in London in 1966.

Ivor Davies' Pysgod a Ffrwythau. Property of BBC Cymru Wales

Ivor Davies' Pysgod a Ffrwythau. Property of BBC Cymru Wales.

Davies was elected as the Vice President of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1995. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod in St David's in 2002, and was made an MBE in the 2007 New Year's Honours list.

He is also a member of Welsh arts movement Beca, founded by Paul Davies in the 1970s and continued into the 21st century by Paul's brother Peter and other artists such as Peter Finnemore, Iwan Bala and Tim Davies.

Davies has travelled and exhibited widely - with over 60 one-man shows - and his work can be found in many public and private collections all over the world.

He is based in Penarth, south Wales.

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