Ivor Davies MBE, painter, printmaker and performance artist, gives a unique, illustrated account of his experiences of working with Gustav Metzger and particularly of collaborating together on the Destruction in Art Symposium — a diverse gathering of international artists, poets, and scientists in London in 1966. They remained good friends until Metzger’s death in 2017.


Ivor Davies: ‘Gustav Metzger was one of the most extraordinary artists of the last 100 years’


About Ivor Davies: Ivor Davies is a painter, printmaker and performance artist as well as an art historian and activist. He was born in Treharris, Glamorgan, Wales in 1935. The first artist to use explosives in large scale, systematic performances. From 1971-1978, he was the curator of the Talbot Rice Art Centre at the University of Edinburgh; and from 1978–88 he was principal lecturer in history of art and head of the school of cultural studies at Gwent College of Higher Education, Newport. He has exhibited widely in mixed shows, including Royal National Eisteddfod, SWG and SEA and was a member of RCamA, The Welsh Group, WSW and Beca, as well as the Association of Art Historians and International Association of Art Critics.