France, the things he saw
During his lifetime, Langley businessman Craig Davies, was an avid and artistic photographer, capturing landscapes and still life images in “mesmerizing black and white, haunting infrared and bold colour.”
Although Davies, who owned Design One Graphics Group for 30 years, passed away last June, some of his most inspired work will be on display throughout the month of May in an exhibit titled France, The Things I See.
“When I heard that the late Mr. Davies’ wife, Kate, was interested in continuing to share his art, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to showcase a fine local artist, who had a great impact on the Langley community,” said Toby Malek, owner of ABC Fine Art Gallery, where the exhibit will be held.
Davies studied and practised landscape and still life photography for decades, first working exclusively in black and white, and infrared and later also embracing colour.
His black and white work shows amazing definition and detail, the infrared images result in unique, haunting images and his colour works are bold and beautiful, Malek added.
Davies’ photography always remained a representation of the things he saw, capturing the decisive moment. He never staged a shot, always capturing what was before him. In his last few years, he began to give himself creative permission to also use technology to enhance his artistic vision.
In this exhibition, the photographer’s appreciation for the French approach to design and decor was his inspiration — from the laid back Provençal country charm to the sophisticated culture of Paris.
He loved and captured the quintessential French “Je ne sais quoi.” Europe, and in particular France, was Davies’ best loved travel and artistic destination, and his photography flourished there.
The textures and warmth, the captivating light of southern France provided amazing photographic opportunities.
Much of what drew Davies to France was his love of history and archeology.
He reveled in the legends of the Templars and marveled at the ancient Roman ruins and aqua-ducts.
His keen eye for light and ability to capture the mysteries of the places he visited makes this exhibition a unique delight, said Malek.
ABC Fine Art Gallery presents ”France, The Things I See,” a solo exhibition of photographic art by, Craig Davies, May 1 through 30,
A reception will be held on Friday May 9, at 5 p.m.
ABC Fine Art Gallery is located at 20573 Fraser Hwy. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 604-695-7749 for more information.