Prize-winning professional figurative painter and elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA) Peter Davis, focuses on our relationship as humans with an increasingly technology driven world. Peter is a social realist painter who creates contemporary portraiture that tells stories about his sitters. Peter says, “Being able to transform the often- overlooked e...lements of today’s society is something I really enjoy doing in my work. For centuries, artists have been capturing the zeitgeist – the spirit of the age – whether that was working class life during the 1800s, or everyday life in 1930s New York, like Edward Hopper did.” He is currently working on a series of paintings that explore the subject of humanity and its relationship with personal technology. The titles of these paintings often play off the composition and give us clues to a deeper narrative. "We’ve all got digital addiction these days and it’s now become the force that governs modern life. Seeing people glued to their devices is so commonplace that we don’t give it a second glance anymore." In 2017 Peter was shortlisted by Artists & Illustrators magazine for Artist of the Year and in 2018 came runner-up in the Greater Manchester Arts Prize, judged by Alistair Hudson, Director of The Whitworth. He is represented by Saul Hay Gallery.