In Bohemian Spirits James Davis explores our mysterious necessity of belief and ritual. Symbolism, mythology and religiosity roam throughout. A robed figure sports tree branches from his forehead and negate the pagon powers by placing a cruxifix on the crown of the megalith (pagan stone).
James Davis is a visionary painter who uses a rich visual language unlike any other in Australian art. He was born in Sydney and studied at The National Art School and Julian Ashton's School of Fine Art. During his twenties he travelled and lived in northern Europe, where he leaned towards the abstract expressionist movement. In his early thirties, he abandoned painting for newspaper graphic design. Fifteen years later he returned to the art world with an impressive and determined commitment to figurative, expressionist art and social comment.
James Davis's works are in the collections of the Australian National Gallery, Victorian National Gallery, Queensland State Gallery and the Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine Regional Galleries.