Lewis Roy Davies


Born: 1897

Died: 1978

Known as Roy Davies, or L Roy Davies.

Painter and printmaker, was born in Sydney. He studied at the Sydney Art School under Julian Ashton and Mildred Lovett in 1913. In 1921 he began wood engraving with assistance from Lionel Lindsay and was included in Tyrell’s exhibition of woodcuts 1923. Apparently, he mainly did views conveying atmosphere and light, e.g. The Back Gate 1924, wood engraving (AGNSW) – though see A Mate O’ Mine 1924, wood engraving (edn 36) (ill. Bloomfield). M. Danvers Power’s Verse(published byBeacon Press, Sydney, in an edition of 150 in 1930) was illustrated with original black and white linocuts by Davies. He executed a number of large linocuts for a projected work Ecclesiasticus to be published by Ashendene Press, England, in the 1930s, which never eventuated. He showed work regularly with the NSW Society of Artists between the wars and was the first principal of the National Art School, ESTC (1960 61). His work was included in A Survey of Relief Prints 1900 1950 (Deutscher, Melbourne 1978).