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Michael Davey, Professor Emeritus, is a Canadian sculptor and visual artist who employs photograph, drawing and video and whose work often includes cast materials and found objects. His interests in landscape, industrial technology and the built environment find their way into his pieces.
Born in British Columbia, he completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at York University in 1974 and a post-graduate Diploma in sculpture at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 1975. In Scotland, Davey received two years of Visual Arts Bursary awards and was the recipient of the sculpture award for Young Scottish Contemporaries.
Supported by the Canada Council and York University research grants, his works exhibited in public galleries and artist run spaces in Canada and the United States. His drawings were first exhibited at Mercer Union in 1981 and in New York in 1983-1984. His work was purchased by American artist Sol Lewitt in 1982.
In 1988, Davey joined the Costin and Klintworth Gallery until 1996. In 1997, he joined the Red Head Gallery. He mounted solo shows in 1998 and 1999 and the University of Toronto Art Centre, University College, gave him a catalogued, solo exhibition in 1998.
Davey has been on the board of Mercer Union from 1979-1986 (founding member), the Art Gallery of York University from 1999-2014, and the artists' Persona Volare from 2000 to 2006, and in Scotland (Edinburgh Printmakers' workshop in 1975-1978 and New 57 Gallery in 1977-1979).
In 1979 Davey joined York University and would be promoted to the rank of Professor Emeritus: Sculpture. He has held lectureships in sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.
His most recent initiative is the establishment of the M9 Contemporary Art Centre on the Bruce Peninsula.
His work has been collected by the Art Bank of Canada, Scottish Museum of modern Art (Edinburgh, Scotland), Hamilton Art Gallery, Windsor Art Gallery, York University, Hockey Hall of Fame, Dan Donovan Collection, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, as well as private and corporate collections.