OLIVIA DAVIS was born in Paris and educated in Canada, England, Switzerland and France. Having grown up in a family of industrialists (her great grandfather was the scientist Auguste Rateau, inventor of the turbo compressor, and turbines). She attended art schools in Paris: the Atelier Farrey Art School and Centre d’Art et Technique Artisanale. After this Olivia taught art and crafts for several years.
Her work on silk prepared the ground for her perception of the world as a block of colours and shapes. Olivia’s silk paintings have been exhibited in the USA, Canada, Mexico and France. Not content with the two dimensional feel of silk painting, Olivia started to expand her appreciation of other artistic media, both by experimenting with pastels which allowed a more flowing and more subtle expression, and by embarking upon courses both in Public Art and Interior Design. This has enabled her to further her work being exhibited in public places and private homes.
The process of her development across and through these quite different media has resulted in the intriguing blend of subtlety and brashness which is manifested in her current collection.
She has made a special feature of focussing on the world of sport and especially Formula One, since this fascinating environment offers fertile ground for exploring the balance between mechanical shapes and the designers and drivers who set them in motion. The result is a dynamic cocktail of colours and industrial shapes which, through their sensitive juxtaposition, draws the viewer into an exciting world.
Olivia was nominated for SPORTS ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD '07