Stephen Anthony Davids.


Stephen Anthony Davids is a fine artist, known primarily for making portraits using paint or ink on rare types of paper and found objects.His work provides observations of social history – rooted in present day London and paralleled with other cultures and eras – addressing questions about inclusion and equality, in relation to race, gender and socio-economic status. Solitary figures are Davids’ primary subject, and his focus is on the face, especially the eyes as a vehicle for communication and expression. His portraits are immediate, personal expressions, the result of a compulsion to make work in the moment. They are also cumulative, amounting to an interrelated body of work that is like an archive: an accretion of artistic,  cultural and historical material manifest in paintings on wood, canvas, paper and found objects.  The artist’s observation and celebration of quotidien objects is found in his reverence for folk art as well as artists who successfully transcended barriers between the contemporary art establishment and art in daily life in order to impact on society more broadly.
Stephen Anthony Davids aims for a fairer society and looks for ways to use his art to develop a conversation around inclusivity, belonging and identity. Many of the questions and observations found in his art, also arise in the work he undertakes with young people suffering from psychological and behavioural problems. He tackles this issues both in the subject matter of his artworks, as well as initiatives that provide more young people with a fairer range of options in the arts.

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SAD in studio

“Drawing is at the centre of my practice and forms the basis of my creative process. I look, I see and then I follow the line and the path it takes me on”

Stephen Anthony Davids

Portrait studies by Jake Green

SAD in front of Jesus was not a caucasian painting



f-art was established in 2004 and closed its doors in 2009. Within 12 months f-art established itself as a main player in small independent stores in Shoreditch. f-art become renowned for the quality artwork, mid-century pieces and low artifacts it sold. Richard Boxall & Stephen Davids established themselves as an innovative creative duo with an eye for quality. The combined nature of there individual passions and love for graphic design and lowbrow made f-art a unique shopping experience.f-art became synonymous for its window displays which were individual installations in there own right. Stephens eye for detail and composition created some beautiful window displays that were a pleasure to experience. Boxall’s eye for the vernacular and highbrow culture added to the juxtaposed mix of objects, bold graphic art styled by Davids unique self taught obsessive placement of objects. The press were quick to catch on and articles in The Independent, The Guardian and various style magazines quickly followed.

The press were quick to catch on and articles in The Independent, The Guardian and various style magazines quickly followed. f-art fitted neatly into the hub of creative independent stores that made Cheshire St E2, a unique destination street in Shoreditch in the mid part of the now infamous noughties. The name alone was a talking point for anyone who ventured into the store/gallery. f-art had it’s fair share of faces who became clients, visitors and fans. David Bailey, SirBob Geldof, the late Amy Winehouse, The House Doctor and various member of the fashion and design elite.f-art will be remembered for it’s innovation. authentic and unusual approach to showcasing Art, objects and books. Stephen Davids & Richard Boxall created something that at the time was bold, new and totally unique.

Winky Dolls

Keith Haring – Baby Rocker & Dominoes

At f-art we mix vernacular art and found objects with new and surprising work by independent artists, illustrators and other creatives. All objects were curated to fit harmoniously with each other.

Halloween Masks