Peter Davis is a social realist painter.

Zeitgeist, which means ‘spirit of the age’, is the name of his ongoing series of paintings that looks at our relationship with our tech. Personal technology is blurring our physical and digital worlds and making us fundamentally rethink what it means to be human.

His compositions focus on someone absorbed in their personal technology - whilst their bodies are physically present their minds are elsewhere. They hold a mirror up to what we have become and give us clues to what might lie ahead.

Peter strives for his paintings to feel technically beautiful. There is an intentional dichotomy between his technology-centric images and the traditional painting process. Through the materiality of the canvas’s surface and fine mark making, his artwork inherently points back to him as their author. A real brushstroke, unlike a virtual one, gives a visceral response that can’t be achieved with digital mediums, and, as there is no physical connection to the digital narratives, it allows for a more authentic discourse.

Peter started this body of work in 2015 to reflect our increasingly addictive relationship with the tech that now dominates our lives. Seeing people connected to their devices 24/7 is so common that we don’t give it a second thought anymore. As the American writer, Henry Miller, puts it “What the painter sees he is duty-bound to share. Usually, he makes us see and feel what ordinarily we ignore or are immune to.”

Peter Davis is a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters, an elected council member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) and has won numerous professional painting prizes. In 2017 and 2019 he was shortlisted by Artists & Illustrators magazine for Artist of the Year.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards

2018    Zeitgeist - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2017    Contemporary Portraiture - The Space at Cass Art, Manchester

2020    Perceptions ​- Contemporary British Portrait Painters (CBPP) - The Space at Cass Art, London
2020    Virtually Real - Norman Rea Gallery, York
2019    Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2019    MAFA Autumn Exhibition - Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
2019    Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) ‘Portrait Prize’ Exhibition - ​RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2019    Spotlight - ​Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2019    PS Mirabel Painting Prize - ​PS Mirabel gallery, Manchester
2019    Greater Manchester Arts Prize - ​Bolton Museum & Art Gallery
2019    Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) ‘Prize’ Exhibition – RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2019    Artists &Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year' – ​Mall Galleries, London
2018    ING Discerning Eye - ​Mall Galleries, London
2018    Being allowed to look - ​Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
2018    Aesthetica Art Prize - ​York Art Gallery
2018    GM Arts Prize - ​Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery
2018    RBSA Prize Exhibition - ​RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
2017    Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery
2017    Artists &Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year’ – ​Mall Galleries, London
​2016    Warrington Contemporary - Warrington Museum & Art Gallery

2019    Finalist - Artists &Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year' 
2018    Shortlisted - Aesthetica Art Prize 
2018    Runner Up Prize - Greater Manchester Arts Prize 
2018    Third Prize - Royal Birmingham Society of Artists ‘Prize Exhibition’
2017    People's Choice Prize - Warrington Contemporary 
​2017    Finalist - Artists &Illustrators Magazine 'Artists of the Year'
​2016    Runner Up Prize - Warrington Contemporary
peter davis - Zeitgeist Series: One Last Scroll

Zeitgeist Series: One Last Scroll


peter davis - Zeitgeist Series: Late Night Screening

Zeitgeist Series: Late Night Screening


peter davis - Zeitgeist Series: Plastic Fantastic

Zeitgeist Series: Plastic Fantastic


peter davis - Zeitgeist Series: VR Zombie

Zeitgeist Series: VR Zombie