Courtney Davis was born in South Wales, on the night of All Hallows, and a few hours before the Great Celtic Festival of Samhain. He spent many years working on his art and books in Dorset in the West Country of the U.K and came to West Cork, in Ireland to live in 2013 and invited to Hill of Tara in 2014
Courtney has created over 50 published books and regularly exhibited his art in the U.K. And U.S.A., Europe and Japan. Displays of his work have included the British Museum at the Matter Of Britain Exhibition, the Cathedrals of Tewkesbury, Salisbury and Worcester.
He has been filmed for two documentaries in the U.K. and numerous TV talk shows in the U.S.A.
At New Year 2017 his art was projected onto buildings and sacred sites across Ireland as part of the Illuminate Her Story Festival.
"The paintings I have created illustrate my spiritual journey over the past 45 years. They mirror the different paths I was taking at the time: many times they come via the struggles the Universe in her wisdom brings before us, but mostly they are birthed with great joy, love and creativity with which I have been blessed.
In the past, I would have filled your heads with descriptive text on the symbolism and mysterious nature of the paintings. Now, I realise that’s only feeding your mind and ego and not connecting you with the source of my creativity.
So I offer these images to you as something to reflect on without thought or analysis, but in the space of stillness and embrace the all encompassing source of the Beloved from whence they came.
The new work I am creating here on Tara reflects my three great loves of my life: creating, healing and touching people’s souls in a deeper, different way. With the addition of a large quantity of joy and laughter.I have added a commentary to each of the categories of art on the online prints section".
“For everyone involved in the current renaissance of Celtic art, Courtney Davis is our inspirational grandfather. With his ubiquitous fine art designs reproduced on all manner of New Age kitsch, his career has served to awaken an entire generation to the glories of Celtic art. His prodigious output of 50 books has made him a legend in his time. Because he has licensed his work to so many, his work has become the equivalent of traditional folk songs, familiar and with a timeless quality.”
Pat Fish www.luckyfish.com
Courtney Davis began creating his art in 1977, he was overshadowed each day with an energy he called Merlin and together they created over 50 published works until 2011 when the energy stepped away.
After a year that saw Courtney living in his car and unable to paint, he went through an awakening experience that changed the way he connected with the world around him, this influenced a totally new direction for his art. More info Courtney Davis Story