Gallery Director and curator, Rasika Kajaria of Exhibit320 proudly presented ‘Herbarium Indicum’, a solo exhibition of paintings by artist and designer, Alex Davis. The exhibition was inaugurated with a panel discussion and private preview on Thursday 5th October 2017. The members of the panel discussion were JJ Valaya, Sunita Kohli and David Abraham and they spoke about “Rethinking Design”. The panel discussion opens to a month long public viewing from Friday 6th October till the 10th of November, 2017. The show marked the first association between Alex Davis and Exhibit320, presenting a series of 25 botanical illustrations on canvas.
The who’s who of the art, fashion and architect industry congratulated the hosts for their work. To name a few, Designer Ashish Soni, Architect Ashmit Alag, Artist Probir Gupta, Geeta Budhiraja and Arun Budhiraja, Interior Designer and Architect Kohelika Kohli graced the occasion with their presence.
Widely known for his design work, the exhibition extends Davis’ interest in both botanical science and fine arts, propelling his practice in a new direction. His early years were spent between his paternal family’s rubber plantation in the foothills of the Western Ghats and his maternal family’s home in the backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala. Largely influenced by these childhood memories of life in the lush green foliage of Kerala, Davis’ current body of works read like larger-than- life botanical illustrations, each painted in a single predominant colour that admittedly is inspired by the abstract style of ‘colour field painting’. Focusing on flowers indigenous to India, or those observed during his frequent trips to the Himalayas and studies of botanicals, Davis’ showcase, ‘Herbarium Indicum’ at Exhibit320 elicits a sense of a fleeting moment, and one of fragility and of beauty most commonly associated with the characteristics of flora and fauna.
A graduate of NID Ahmedabad and Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Alex Davis’ work epitomizes ‘modern India’ and he is credited for setting the benchmark in contemporary design in the county.