In Memory of Peter Davidson

by John Gahagan

Webmaster's note: This article was originally posted in 2002 to promote an auction for the Peter Davidson Memorial Scholarship.

Peter Davidson was born in Wales and received his education largely at the Newport College of Art and the Cardiff College of Art.

He had been employed by School District 8 since 1975 and was a widely known and respected art teacher. While his teaching career was largely spent at Saint John High School, Mr Davidson also taught at Bayside Middle School, Saint John Vocational School and the Adult Education Centre.

He was a prominent artist with numerous solo and group exhibitions including most recently, the Royal Academy, London, UK, in 1996, the Wales Drawing Biennale in 1997 and the Eisteddfod of Wales in 1997. In Saint John he has exhibited at the New Brunswick Museum, the Windrush Gallery, the University of New Brunswick and the Aitken Bi-centennial Exhibition Centre. His paintings are held in the Gwent Education Department, Wales; Meridian Fine Art Collection, London UK; C.E.S. Forcalquier, France; Arts Centre Permanent Collection, Fredericton; N.B. Government Art Bank; the Owens Art Gallery, Sackville; Saba Arts, Moncton; the C.I.L. Permanent Collection, Toronto and the Saint John Art Club Permanent Collection, as well as in numerous private collections in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Japan.

A retrospective of his work was held at the Buckland Gallery in Saint John after his death by cancer in 1999. Paintings by Mr. Davidson owned by people in Saint John were exhibited for a week which allowed residents of Saint John who were not familiar with him to see the scope and depth of his talent.

Because of his work with art students at Saint John High, a bursary fund was established in his name to benefit students at Saint John High who continue their education in the area of Fine Arts.

For those of us who were privileged to know him, nothing could be a more fitting tribute.

John Gahagan periodically writes articles for the Saint John High School web site. Up until his retirement in 2002, he was the Department Head of Technology at the school.