Dorian Spencer Davies is a Welsh Artist born in Carmarthen just a stones throw away from the 'Old Oak' of Merlins fame. Brought up in Angle, Pembroke and Tenby, Dorian was always an Art enthusiast from a very young age.
" I was always drawing, painting and colouring, anything and everything, and was always the first to be approached to illustrate or design school magazines or posters for plays"
After two years in 6th form, Dorian went to study Natural history Illustration at Carmarthen College of Art. Fascinated with nature as well as Art here he could combine the two and after 4 years of study he was awarded 'Student of the Year'. He was soon asked back as part lecturer and at the age of 23 published his first book 'The Heart of Wales Line' .
Following a successful period in lecturing and Illustration Dorian travelled to pursue a career in publishing with some of the top publishing houses.
Dorian has worked for several London Publishers, and held the post of Senior Art Editor for Dorling Kindersley Children's book division, where he designed and producing over 40 books for DK including the highly successful and world famous 'Incredible cross sections' books.
"During this time I would spend a lot of time in Bookshops and Galleries studying Art and painting, I remember looking at some books, Hockney, Matisse, Picasso and others and thinking, that's what I want to do! A book in Foyles about a little known Cornish Artist caught my imagination, Alfred Wallis, his work so simple and naive yet it was so instant and appealing and caught the atmosphere of a bygone age of the Cornish Coast! I was hooked! I started sketching and developing my own style and colour palette but based on West Wales coast. The style and work I am now known for was born and very soon I was immersed in my work and painting."
He returned to Wales in the where he began illustrating and painting from New Quay. Here the painting side of his work started to develop with the influence of the sea and the Welsh Coast very much in his blood.
"I am so inspired by the beauty I see around me and am developing new variations all the time, that's what keeps my work fresh and alive."
In turn Dorian has inspired other new Artists to paint, often copied and parodied, Dorian's work is the true original and it is clear to see that other Artists do indeed try and copy him but Dorian's has that special 'Magic'!
"I think the difference is that I've lived, breathed and of course born in Wales gives me that special edge, if others want to copy me that's ok, I've inspired as I too I have been inspired and that can't be a bad thing"
He is now in great demand with Schools all over Wales and is involved with a lot of Children's workshops. Dorian has now had over 40 shows in the last 12 years and continues to paint from New Quay and Tenby with plenty of new work on the horizon and a few new suprises to share.