Davy Brown was born in Kilmarnock in 1950. After studying at Glasgow School of Art, Davy then spent two years teaching in Ayrshire, before a scholarship took him to the slums of Chicago to paint large outdoor murals. He then returned to Scotland to resume his career and became Head of Art and Design at the Douglas-Edwart High School.
During the 80's and 90's Davy became passionately concerned about threats to the environment, manifest in issues such as acid rain, erosion, forestry encroachment, multi-national test-boring and the Chernobyl disaster which had direct consequences on the sheep farmers of Galloway, the area that Davy painted. In 1996 a near fatal heart attack encouraged him to work towards giving up teaching and becoming a full time painter. This, he finally managed to achieve in 2002.
Since then, Davy describes his work as being less angst-ridden and more concerned with the changing seasons and the constant variations of light-effects on the South-West tip of Scotland. Here, the light is similar in its intensity to that of Cornwall or Pembrokeshire. The same viewpoint can yield an infinite number of variations such as the sun, clouds, rain and wind making their constant shifts over land-forms and the coast-lines. The land here is largely forgotten, and provides me with a constant and infinite source of visual material which I never tire of; it is one of the last areas of wilderness in Britain.
Davy has exhibited widely both in Scotland and England and his work can be found in many public and corporate collections such as The University of York and the British Linen Bank. His paintings have a luminous quality that stays with the viewer long after you have viewed his paintings.