The Farmer's Run and
With Gratitude series of paintings

Davson's Farmer's Run series of the 21st century and
the 1996 With Gratitude series are interlinked.

As expressed in the quote towards the bottom of the Welcome Home page by Pat Farmer, World Record Ultra-marathon athlete, Davson's art caught his attention in a venue where he was speaking, and he went on to commission a painting by her.  

The paintings that inspired Pat to contact the artist were the With Gratitude series, and that painting he commissioned was Turning Point, and it became the first in an extended series of art about the athlete.

In the process, Davson was the first artist to be a sponsor of an international sporting event, and the event - Pat Farmer's Pole to Pole run took place over 14 countries.  Please refer to the home page for details.

Pat Farmer MP with Sharon Davson and her Turning Point painting
Pat Farmer MP
with Sharon Davson and
her Turning Point painting

Pat Farmer also recently ran the length of Vietnam (Dec 2012 - Jan 2013), and in 2001 he ran the circumference of Australia.

And while he ran, Davson worked on art in her Farmer's Run series of paintings. These works range in size from works of a 'comforytable living' size to that of 'grand proportions'. However, the first in the series was Turning Point, created for Pat Farmer on commission in 2000-01.

In November 2010, Davson did working sketches for three paintings.  In March 2011, on the eve of Pat Farmer starting his epic run from the North Pole to the South Pole, she modified her design concepts slightly and began painting.

These paintings then evolved as Pat ran his Pole to Pole adventure.  Pat phoned Sharon her regularly by salelite phone from many points along his epic journey, giving details of his adventures and emotions as he added successive world records to his efforts until he reached his goal.  

Now, these very special, unique paintings are available for the discerning collector who as they are rare and historic works concerning the artist and the athlete.  

Are you the creative leader-collector-investor that understands how to benefit from acquiring such art? For further information about how you could acquire this very special, unique paintings, please contact:

email: sharon@davsonart.com . . . . . mobile: +61 (0)416 026 426

 

Turning Point

  <i>Turning Point</i><br/> 2001 - oil paint on linen canvas<br/>  92 cm high x 1.02 cm wide  commissioned by Pat Farmer
Turning Point
 2001 - oil paint on linen canvas
92 cm high x 1.02 cm wide
 commissioned by Pat Farmer
as with any great artist, there is only a handful of images by which they are truly remembered.

Are you the cultural leader who will own such a work?

Davson’s painting, Turning Point, bears the hallmark of such significance. Its positive cultural credibility and historical journey reaches out in unique ways that can’t be emulated.

This painting maps out the shared imagination of a record-breaking sportsman and a spiritual artist. It garnishes a story of the past with a vision for the future. Its relevance in Pat Farmer’s quest to be the first person to run from Pole to Pole is illuminating and its title powerfully poignant.

This is an artwork that defines an exceptionally determined man, created by an exceptionally compassionate artist. It has every right to be one of only a handful of images which are truly remembered.

Is it to be yours?

Serious offers in Australian dollars will be considered . . . provenance below.

email: sharon@davsonart.com

 

As Pat Farmer said . . .
“A decade ago, I was so impressed with her art that I commissioned her to create a painting for me. She did, and it is a beautiful visual narrative of my life.”

And now, the Turning Point painting has even greater meaning, as it helps fund Pat Farmer’s adventures and charitable visions.

It is a unique partnership between athlete and artist that has enabled international sporting events to raise necessary funds from the sale of art. Turning Point is changing the world!  

As Turning Point’s new owner, you would enjoy the benefits of positive cultural credibility. This work of art is increasing in value both financially and historically. Its image and title are at the heart of dynamic leadership in the arts, sport, community and charitable ventures.

Turning Point by Davson represents a unique combination of artistic investment and philanthropic aspirations.

about the painting . . .

Shortly after their first meeting, Farmer spoke to Davson of a time when he was running from Sydney to Melbourne ...

“I was near Goulburn…
It was early morning and very cold. My whole body was in pain and I considered retiring from the race. Then I came over a hill and was inspired and encouraged by the natural beauty of the landscape. Mist was rising around trees surrounded by water, the sky was tinged with reds and a bird flew overhead guiding me forward.”

Farmer had reached a turning point in the race, finding inner strength to continue and ultimately win.

Turning Point echoes that breakthrough of inner strength and tranquillity achieved through inspired mental determination. The observer’s eye is drawn along an open Book of Life that extends into the distance forming a road. Cameo appearances from Pat Farmer life’s journey and as a long distance runner surround this road. Glimpses from Davson’s vocabulary of images; the key, the scales and the rings of relationship add further dimensions to the painting’s storytelling.

Detailed images are positioned to reflect how a long distance runner would be taking in the view of his surroundings.

To the left, one of Australia’s most adaptable marsupials, the beautiful Sugar Glider surveys the scene whilst precariously balanced on a set of scales. To the right, an Eastern Bearded Dragon looks on. In the top right hand corner a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo hovers over the scene, radiating the light of creation and illuminating those below.

The image portrays an inspirational theme with various layers of interpretation. Each brush stroke heralding memory and meaning on this haunting journey.

provenance of the image

2000 . . . Ultra marathon runner, Pat Farmer, commissioned Davson to create a painting to hang in his home.

2001 . . . Davson completed Turning Point , an oil painting depicting significant elements of Pat Farmer’s life.

2002-07 . . . The painting hung in the Federal Parliamentary office of Pat Farmer MP in Canberra, ACT.

2007 . . . Imagery from the painting was incorporated into the banner heading for this Davson web-site.

2007-09 . . . Turning Point hung in Pat Farmer’s electoral office in Camden, NSW.

2009 . . . Imagery from this painting was incorporated into the website banner / header design for the Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre.
Pat Farmer is a Patron of this not-for-profit entity.

2009-10 . . . This website banner / header design has been reproduced in other documents including catalogues for the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment touring exhibition.
Pat Farmer is a Patron of this exhibition series.

2009 . . .Turning Point was reproduced as the image for a mouse matt and an A4 size magnetic jig-saw puzzle. These have been selling in association with both the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment touring exhibition and the Davson Arts Museum.

2009 . . . The Turning Point painting hung in Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment, - the opening exhibition of the new Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton QLD.

D~WL&E is a multi-million dollar survey collection of Davson’s art and is a visual narrative on the artist’s development from her art college days to 2009. It illustrates her passion to help endangered species and reduce prejudice in all its forms. It has the power to encourage and influence.

The Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre was officially opened by Wayne Wendt MP for the Honourable Rachael Nolan, QLD Minister for Transport, on 7 November. Among the guest speakers for the opening were Mary Teague on behalf of the State Library, Councillor Steve Jones, Mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Sharon Davson.

2010 . . . Hung with Davson ~ towards harmony exhibition in the Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre in Newcastle. The exhibition was officially opened by Brad Franks, Centre Manager of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook.

2011 . . . Hung in Davson's Turining Point exhibition in the Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre.  The exhibiiton featured the 20 plus works by Davson owned by the MRAC, as well as works loaned by other collectors for the exhibition. 

 

You can secure Turning Point for your collection at only $1.2 million Australian dollars.  There are also other works in the Farmer's run series, available from more modest six figure sums to grander values for the most major work.  

Is this the Turning Point in your collection?

contact Davson Art . . .

email: sharon@davsonart.com

mobile: +61 . (0)416 026 426
landline: +61 . (0)2 4965 6600

PO Box 216, Jesmond NSW 2299 Australia

 

further aspects of the Davson ~ Farmer story . . .

Their collaboration started in 2000. Pat was inspired by Davson’s art and subsequently contacted the artist and commissioned her to create an art work that encapsulated his life’s reflections and visions for the future.                

 Pat Farmer with Davson donating  his autographed handprint to her  48 Hours To World Peace charity
Pat Farmer with Davson
donating his autographed handprint to
her 48 Hours To World Peace charity
In 2001, Davson completed the Turning Point painting, and Pat Farmer became a Patron of Davson’s charity, 48 Hours To World Peace, and a Patron of her major touring retrospective exhibition With Gratitude For The Light.

In 2002, he donated his autographed handprints in support of her charity and art.

In 2006, he became a Patron of the second major touring retrospective exhibition of her art, Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment.

Then in 2009, he became a Patron of the Davson Arts Museum peace and environment centre.

He has also contributed messages of support for Davson’s planned book publications.

There will be numerous exhibitions during the coming years, incorporating Davson’s art and imagery, associated with Pat Farmer’s hsitoric runs.

A preview exhibition was launched at the Davson Arts Museum in November 2010.

Davson ~ towards harmony

15 November 2010 to 17 February 2011

Davson ~ towards harmony opened on 17 November 2010 as a feature of the Davson Arts Museum's end of year festive-season events. Brad Franks, Arts Centre Manager, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, NSW, attended as Guest Speaker. Many of the exhibited art works are on loan from the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre collection, which owns 23 works on paper by Sharon Davson.

This exhibition offered a rare opportunity for Newcastle residents and visitors to view Davson’s iconic painting Turning Point .

Commissioned by the Hon. Pat Farmer ten years ago, Turning Point represents the flagship image for his incredible Pole to Pole runand Davson’s sponsorship involvement.

Davson - towards harmony also featured a selection of paintings from the With Gratitude series, on loan from various collectors. These were the art works that first inspired Pat Farmer to commission Davson with creating Turning Point in 2000.

The majority of exhibition pieces are from the permanent public collection of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Muswellbrook, New South Wales. The 23 works by Sharon Davson were created between 1972 and 2010. They include drawings, original silk-screen prints, etchings, mono prints and spatter works from early in the artist's career, as well a woven pieces and preliminary concept drawings.

 

the With Gratitude series

Transformations
Transformations

Davson’s With Gratitude series of paintings declares her maturity in technique and visual presentation. It reflects her spiritual foundations with a confidence that continues through her later works.

It is through the With Gratitude series that Davson establishes her values and artistic integrity, realising her own skills and celebrating them with gratitude. They mark the “coming of age” of a distinguished artist.

Commissioned by Phil Rudder, the Chief Executive Officer of Rooty Hill RSL Club in Western Sydney, Davson’s With Gratitude series was an integral part of his vision for the intended Resort Complex. Phil Rudder wanted to have a gallery-walk leading to the luxurious Minchin’s Restaurant.

When All Is Quiet
When All Is Quiet

The Resort expansion and restaurant plans were designed to accommodate twelve art works by Davson prior to the commencement of building construction.

This was a great compliment to the artist.
Usually commissioned works are called upon to fill a specific area and need to be designed to fit existing parameters. In this instance, however, the building was designed to fit the artist’s creations.

Building spaces designed specifically to display a successful artist’s work are
usually created posthumously ...

In 1996, Davson’s With Gratitude series became an exception.

Ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer viewed them by chance . . .

“In the year 2000, I was speaking at a function in Western Sydney when Davson’s art in the venue caught my eye. The detail, the expression, the colour and the use of Australian native icons left an indelible mark on my mind that night.

So much so, that I decided to contact the artist and commission a work that might explain the turmoil that my life was going through, reflections from my past and the vision I had for the future….”

So the With Gtratitude series of paintings inspired Pat Farmer to contact Davson, the artist.

And they found common ground within their aspirations for humanity.

and to date,
the With Gratitude series is the ONLY body of art created by Davson
on a specific theme where all of the works of art are the same size.

With changes to both the building which housed them and its management, in 2008 the With Gratitude series of paintings were acquired by various collector investors. In support of the current international world record making ventures, some of these works are again being made available to the art market.

So a selection of these paintings is currently available for purchase.

Would you like to own one?

Traditions
Traditions

email: sharon@davsonart.com

You could become part of history in the making.

These paintings represent the starting-point for an unprecedented collaboration between Pat Farmer and Davson the artist.

And we trust you will enjoy being part of history in the making.

Davson created the With Gratitude series of paintings in 1996.

Traditions - Small Possum
Traditions - Small Possum
(Twelve paintings were originally commissioned by the Rooty Hill RSL Club & Resort with a thirteenth image for the private collection of Phil Rudder. The fourteenth and final painting in this series was added later in that year).

Traditions Frog  
Traditions - Frog

In the traditions of fine winemaking, which these images honour, their interplay of tasteful endeavours has richly mellowed over time.

Each painting interweaves the artist’s passion for spiritual and environmental themes with equipment and objects from early Australian wine-making.

Native flora and fauna dominate each image in meticulous detail. Large jig-saw puzzle shapes create a multi-dimensional sense of drifting through time and space. The varying light intensities allow elements of the image to float within an atmosphere of a bygone era.

Let's Party 
Let's Party

The viewer chooses their own perspective.

Beams of Light travel between the creatures; and although the birds, animals and objects are painted with a strong sense of realism, in many cases their shadows are missing.

Davson chooses not to portray her pictorial elements in full realism. The illusion of reality captivates the viewer through sumptuous detail, while posing questions for the viewer to contemplate.

Let's Party detail
Let's Party - detail

Many of the creatures depicted with the relics from a bygone vineyard are endangered or threatened species. Can we make parallel connections about these issues?

The venue that commissioned the paintings is situated close to the site of the first Australian vineyard to produce sparkling wine.

In 1996, Minchinbury Estate still housed many of these old winemaking items, such as the generator and grape crusher.

Let's Party Feathertail
Let's Party - Feathertail

In Davson’s imagery, Australian flora and fauna have become the ‘caretakers’ of this old vineyard.

provenance of the paintings

2010 . . . Four With Gratitude paintings hung in the Davson ~ toward harmony exhibition in the Davson Arts Museum in Newcastle. The event was officially opened by Brad Franks, Arts Centre Manager of the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, New South Wales.

Five paintings from this series hung in the Davson ~ a long journey exhibition in the Davson Arts Museum in Newcastle, which was officially opened by Janice Nitschke, Director of the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent South Australia.

Passing Memories
Passing Memories

Two of the paintings hung in the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition in the Millicent Art Gallery in Millicent, South Australia. The event was officially opened by Mayor John Breys.

Davson ~World Leaders & Enlightenment is a multi-million dollar survey collection of Davson’s art.

The exhibition is a visual narrative on the artist’s development from her art college days to the present. It showcases her passion to help endangered species and reduce prejudice in its many forms. Davson’s desire to pose questions for the viewer to answer on a personal level is subtly influential.

 Passing Memories Key
Passing Memories - Key

2009 . . . Two paintings from this series hung in the major retrospective exhibition, Davson ~World Leaders & Enlightenment, which was the opening exhibition for the new Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre in Gatton Queensland. It was officially opened by Wayne Wendt MP for the Honourable Rachael Nolan, Queensland Minister for Transport, on 7 November. Among the guest speakers were Mary Teague - on behalf of the State Library; Councillor Steve Jones - Mayor of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Sharon Davson.

Passing Memories Parrot
Passing Memories - Parrot

The exhibition presented a rich selection of Davson’s work from 1973 to 2009. The majority of pieces were loaned to the exhibition from investment and superannuation fund collections.

Waratah Lights
Waratah Lights

2009 . . . Several paintings in the series were reproduced as greeting cards, mouse mats and magnetic jig-saw puzzles. These have been selling in association with both the Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment touring exhibition and the Davson Arts Museum.

2008 . . . Hung in Davson ~ World Leaders & Enlightenment exhibition in the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe Queensland, opened by Mayor Glen Rogers.

2008 . . . Paintings in this series became available for sale. Several were purchased by self-managed superannuation funds and private investors.

Waratah Lights Bird
Waratah Lights -  Gang Gang

2002-08 . . . Most of the paintings hung in the gallery-walk of the Rooty Hill RSL Club & Resort, with two displayed in the resort's Minchen’s Restaurant.

1999 - 2002 . . .  Six of these paintings were hung in Davson’s massive retrospective exhibition titled, With Gratitude For The Light.

Waratah Lights flower
Waratah Lights - Waratah

The exhibition showcased over 25 years of Davson’s dynamic and thought-provoking art. It toured public regional art galleries in Australia for three years from May 

1999 to April 2002.thus named to reflect the importance of this series of works.

Art for this major retrospective exhibition

A Precious Find
A Precious Find
was borrowed from public, corporate and private collections, including the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Coro Corp. New Zealand & Hawaii, Cathay Pacific Airways, Konica Australia, The Ian Fairweather Art Gallery & Museum and the collection of James Fairfax AO. The six paintings from the With Gratitude series were loaned from the Rooty Hill RSL Club & Resort.

2000 . . . In June 2000, With Gratitude For The Light was the Opening Exhibition for a new regional art gallery, the Gatton Shire Davson Art Gallery. This gallery was named to honour the outstanding contribution by Davson, her mother Mrs Win Davson MBE and other family to the arts and broader community.

A Precious Find: Mouse
A Precious Find - Mouse

1996 - 1999 . . . Hung in the gallery walk of the Rooty Hill RSL Club & Resort, Rooty Hill, Western Sydney region.

1996 . . . The paintings were the naming works for Davson’s solo exhibition, With Gratitude, in the Renaissance Sydney Hotel. The exhibition featured the original12 paintings in the With Gratitude series, along with other major works by Davson.

 A Precious Find - Kookaburra
A Precious Find - Kookaburra

This exhibition formed the core collection from which the major retrospective exhibition With Gratitude for the Light developed.

Two Black Tie Dinners and other functions were held in conjunction with this With Gratitude exhibition.

One of the dinners was held in support of a charity founded
Artists For Life endangered species awareness.
Guest speakers included Horst Rechelbacher, Founder and Chairman of the Aveda Foundation and Member of the International Green Cross Committee, and Robert Hill, at the time a Senator for South Australia, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Federal Minister for the Environment.

The other Black Tie Dinner associated with this exhibition was held in conjunction with the ’96 Boutique Wines of Australia Exhibition.

For further information on how you can own one of these paintings,

email: sharon@davsonart.com

mobile: +61 . (0)416 026 426
landline: +61 . (0)2 4965 6600

PO Box 216, Jesmond NSW 2299 Australia

 

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