Bard of Brighouse, Roger Davies, Enjoys a Brush with Fame
Renowned Yorkshire musician and artist Roger Davies has featured on a brand-new BBC One TV show hosted by Nick Knowles. Home Is Where The Art Is sees three artists compete for the chance to create a piece of unique artwork for a mystery buyer’s home.
Three artists initially visit the home of a potential buyer to glean inspiration before delivering a pitch of their idea. The buyer then chooses two of the three to create their artwork before finally selecting which they would like to purchase.
Brighouse-based Roger makes it through to the final stage and is invited to create one of his distinctive paintings for the mystery buyers.
Roger’s painting, ‘Dream Home’ (pictured above), was up against the work of a sculptor to win the purchasing family’s approval. Unable to choose between the two very different works, the family decided to buy both, purchasing ‘Dream Home’ for £950.
“I like trying new things”
Roger said: “I had an idea that the family would surely consider this new house to be their ‘dream home’ so I decided to create a painting of the house with as many visual references as possible to their collective interests, hobbies, favourite things and shared experiences. I made the painting look like they were hosting a fantastic garden party – it was basically a celebratory picture all about the family.”
The picture proved something of a departure from his usual approach, largely thanks to the fact that it told aspects of someone else’s story rather than his own and included figures who would not normally appear in his work – Darth Vader, Kermit the Frog, Michael Jackson and a pair of Minions for example. However, he was delighted with how the different elements fitted together, as were the buyers.
Despite some nerve-wracking moments, Roger enjoyed the experience and was happy to be in front of the camera – partly thanks to the calming influence of the show’s presenter Nick Knowles.
“When I saw a post on social media inviting applications for the show, I thought it would be a great opportunity and decided to go for it. I like trying new things and I thought it would be great exposure for my artwork if I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate,” said Roger. “I was interested primarily in finding out if I’d be selected to take part, but also to see how I would respond in that situation.”
“I still love music”
Roger describes his artwork as highly stylised, with simplified shapes and enhanced colours that results in images that are endearing and often entertaining. Despite initially training as an artist, Roger has enjoyed a 16-year career as a musician. However, when he turned 40 in September 2017, he could not ignore the urge to pick up the paintbrush again.
“I still love music and play live in concert with my band as much as possible,” he said. “But I kept noticing things on my travels and thinking ‘that would make a good painting’. Eventually I just couldn’t resist the urge to paint again.”
He has so far enjoyed two successful one-man exhibitions at the Harrison Lord Gallery in his home town of Brighouse. Each exhibition featured 40 paintings – and both shows sold out. His next exhibition takes place at the gallery from June 8.
For more information, visit: rogerdaviesmusic.com/artwork