My drawing is founded on notebooks. They are tools for documentation and places to dream graphically. I carry one to document events and record experience, to examine and understand the stuff of the world. And, at home and in the studio, they allow for invention, composition and storage as ideas mature or fade.
Larger drawings carried out in the studio blend together observation and imagination. Falling into thematic groups, they are materially and compositionally carefully planned to communicate speculative ideas and images. For example, the drawings that make up Flood Story and Retreat to Caves! play out themes of environmental and social change, most recently visual speculation on the effect of global warming and rising sea levels.
Each set is made with a different approach, material, surface and scale. Staying with drawing but moving between scale, media and substrate aims to achieve the best fit between the specific idea and image and the given characteristics of the materials, it also offers visual variety to the viewer. Some sets of drawings have been continuing for over a decade. For example, each Flood Story drawing completed seems to suggest the next iteration. Others, such as Crowds and Power were planned and completed over 12 months as a ‘closed’ composition.
Individual drawings from every series have been exhibited, predominantly in survey shows and group exhibitions. A drawing from Crowds and Power was included in Drawing Inspiration, a 2006 survey of contemporary British drawing at Abbott Hall Kendal and shortlisted for the 2007 Jerwood Drawing Prize, as was one from the Raft series in 2015. A group of Retreat to Caves! were exhibited in a 2013 survey of British drawing at Salisbury Art Centre. In 2016 a Cave drawing was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Drawings from Flood Story were exhibited in a 2017 solo show at Drawing Projects UK, recently one was awarded second prize at the 2019 Wales Contemporary and another shortlisted for the 2020 New Light prize.
Senior Lecturer in Drawing at Lancaster University
1990-91 Fulbright Scholarship to Purdue University USA
1981-84 Royal College of Art, MA Painting
1977-80 Wolverhampton Polytechnic, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2017 Flood Story, Drawing Projects U.K Trowbridge Wiltshire.
2010 Jenolan Caves, Center for Drawing. The National Art School, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia.
2000 Deluge of Human Indifference, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, U.K
2020 New Light, shortlisted for this prize for art from Northern England. Scarborough Art Gallery 2020, touring in 2021 to Tullie House Art Gallery, Carlisle, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and Bankside Art Gallery, London
2019 Fully Awake 0.5, curated by Ian Hartshorne. Freelands Foundation, London
2019 Wales Contemporary, Prizewinner. Exhibited Waterside Gallery, Milford Haven & Mall Galleries London
2018 Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice, the International Project Space at Birmingham College of Art & Design
2017 For Space, British artists engaged with place, site and space. Paper, Manchester UK.
2015/16 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London & touring in the UK
2014 Paper, Table, Wall and After. University of Northumbria & Taiwan University
2013 SKETCH 2013. Selection of contemporary artist’s sketchbooks. Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, UK.
2013 Open Drawing 2013, Salisbury Arts Centre. British drawing selected by Stephen Farthing
2011 SKETCH 2011. Selection of contemporary artist’s sketchbooks. Rabley Drawing Centre, Marlborough, UK.
2011 The Moment of Privacy Has Passed. Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2009 Contemporary Drawings, Recent acquisitions, Leighton Room, V & A Museum. London
2006-8 Drawing Breath: A Selection to Mark Ten Years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Touring internationally
2006 Drawing Inspiration, Contemporary British Drawing . Abbot Hall Museum, Kendal, Cumbria
2020 Casey, S. and Davies, G, 'Drawing Investigations: Graphic Investigations in Science, Culture and Environment'. Published by Bloomsbury July 2020
2016 Casey, S. & Davies G, ‘Drawing as Babel Fish’, International Journal of Illustration, (London: Intellect). ISSN: 20520204 (Print) ISSN: 20520212 (Online)
2015 Davies, G. and Casey, S. ‘Lines of Engagement: Drawing Walking Tracking’, Journal of Visual Arts Practice
2014 Casey, S. and Davies, G. ‘A Garland of Thoughts: Ruskin and Contemporary Site/ Sight Sensitive Drawing’ in TRACEY the Journal of Drawing Research March 2014)
2018 Casey, S. and Davies, G, ‘Drawing and the Mute, Speaking through Drawing’, in Gorill, H (ed.) Collective and Collaborative Drawing in Contemporary Practice (Cambridge Scholars) (forthcoming)
2017 Casey, S. & Davies G., ‘Drawn away from Vision’ in Heywood, I (ed.) The Senses in Art and Design’ (London: Bloomsbury)
2016 Casey, S. and Davies, G, ‘Drawing and the Depictive Turn in Science’, European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Barcelona, 3rd September 2016.
2015 Casey, S. and Davies, G, ‘Shared Sensibilities: Drawing in partnership with other fields of enquiry’ at Drawing Research Network Conference 2015 (Coventry: Coventry University) 4th December 2015
2015 Casey, S. and Davies, G,’ Drawing Sensing Sighting Sounding’, American Association of Geographers Conference, Chicago
Awards & Residencies
2019 Visiting Professor at The College of Arts, National Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
2010 Artist in Residence at the National Art School, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia
2004 AHRB Award, to research contemporary artists’ notebooks
1999 AHRB Research Leave Award, 9 months
1990-1 Fulbright Scholarship, Visiting Artist, Purdue University, USA
1987-8 Artist in Residence at Durham Cathedral
1985 Study period at The RCA Venice Studio
1984 The John Minton Prize for Figurative Painting
1983 Royal College of Art scholarship to the International Cite des Arts, Paris
1981 The Royal College of Art Drawing Prize