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Peter Davis MAFA

Manchester, UK

About the Artist 

Peter Davis is a prizewinning figurative painter who creates urban realist landscapes  and contemporary portraits. In 2018, he had a solo show at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery  and, in 2020, he was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize, the equivalent of receiving  an Oscar nomination in the art world. 

Peter’s realistic paintings always include someone absorbed in their personal technology. His  compositions move from busy streets to quiet alleyways, each vignette a fascinating narrative  of the life of today’s Mancunians. They are all stories of our time, of people going about their  everyday lives, technology in hand. 

Peter is an elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA), the  Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP) and Castlefield Gallery Associates. 


Solo Exhibitions  

2018 Zeitgeist - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

2017 Contemporary Portraiture - The Space at Cass Art, Manchester


Recent Group Exhibitions

2021 John Moores Painting Prize - Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 

2021 Art of the Everyday (MAFA) - Gallery Oldham 

2021 New Light Prize (touring UK galleries) 

2020 The Castlegate Prize - Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria 

2020 Virtually Real - Norman Rea Gallery, York 

2019 Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery 

2019 MAFA Autumn Exhibition - Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery 

2019 RBSA Portrait Prize - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 

2019 Spotlight - Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester 

2019 PS Mirabel Painting Prize - PS Mirabel gallery, Manchester 

2019 GM Arts Prize - Bolton Museum & Art Gallery 

2019 RBSA Prize Exhibition - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 

2019 A&I Magazine 'Artists of the Year' - Mall Galleries, London 

2018 ING Discerning Eye - Mall Galleries, London 

2018 Being allowed to look - Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester 

2018 Aesthetica Art Prize - York Art Gallery 

2018 GM Arts Prize - Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery 

2018 RBSA Prize Exhibition - RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 

Recent Awards

2021 John Moores Painting Prize – Finalist 

2020 The Castlegate Prize - Finalist 

2020 Three Counties Open - Burslem Prize

2019 SAG 99th Annual Exhibition - First Prize 2019 A&I Magazine 'Artists of the Year' - Finalist 2018 Aesthetica Art Prize - Shortlisted 

2018 GM Arts Prize - Runner Up Prize 

2018 RBSA Prize Exhibition - Third Prize 

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