Alan Davie was born in 1920 in Grangemouth, England. He attended Edinburgh College of Art from 1937 to 1940. Davie served in the military with the Royal Artillery from 1940- 1946, then taught briefly before becoming a professional jazz musician.
His work as a printmaker has been intermittent, although concentrated. Until 1999, his printmaking was confined to lithography. At the age of eighty, he began screenprinting, working with Master printmaker, Kip Gresham at Gresham Studio near Cambridge. Davie’s subtle drawings push the limits and require stencils that are quite fragile, therefore, most of his prints have been made in short editions of 30 or less.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions and shows, including one-man shows at the Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam in 1962 and at the Bienal Di Sao Paulo Brazil where he won the Prize for Best Painter. Alan Davie currently lives and works in Hertford and Cornwall, England.