Davey, Alfred William, 1907-1986

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Davey, Alfred William, 1907-1986

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  • A.W. Davey
  • Alfred Davey
  • Alf Davey

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Alfred William Davey was born in Countesthorpe, England on March 9, 1907 to Frederick William and Ethel May (Marriott) Davey. He received his early education at Burnham Westgate Boys School in Burnham Market, Norfolk, England where his father was an art instructor. In 1920, he emigrated to Canada with his father and brother and eventually settled in the Birmingham, Saskatchewan district near Melville. His mother and other siblings arrived several months later. Between 1922 and 1925, the family resided in the Semans and Grasswood districts to allow Frederick Davey to teach for the local school districts. By 1925, the family had relocated to the Nutana neighbourhood of Saskatoon. Alfred Davey worked as a gardener and labourer, and in May, 1927 was hired to fill the position of gardener at the University of Saskatchewan made vacant by the death of his father. Alfred Davey also studied art at the University of Saskatchewan under Augustus "Gus" Kenderdine. Additionally, he studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art and the Saskatoon Technical School.

In 1942, Davey relocated to Regina and was employed by Regina Industries Ltd. as a draftsman designing tools and illustrating manuals for the British Admiralty during the Second World War. After the war, he was hired by the Government of Saskatchewan as a clerk, draftsman and illustrator with the Department of Co-operation and Co-operative Development. In 1951, he was reclassified as a commercial artist with the Bureau of Publications, and in 1958 was appointed commercial art director for the Department of Travel and Information (later the Department of Industry and Information). In his employment with the Government, Davey was responsible for designing and illustrating works for inclusion in publications, brochures, and ephemera and on maps and illuminated scrolls, and for creating emblems used for the province's golden and diamond jubilees, as well as for the Canada centennial celebration. Davey retired from the Government on July 1, 1964.

While employed with the Government and after his retirement, Davey maintained work as a freelance artist and art instructor. His artistic works appear in the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the University of Regina, the Government of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba, among others. He was the founding director of the Exhibition of Saskatchewan Civil Servants' Art, was a founding member of the Western Canada Art Circuit, and a former president of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Regina Branch. His drawings and paintings in oil, watercolour and acrylic were shown in exhibitions throughout Saskatchewan, Canada, and the northern United States. He was employed as an art instructor for the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Collegiate Board, University of Regina Department of Extension, Coteau Range Community College and the Regina Plains Community College.

Davey continued to reside in Regina until his death on February 28, 1986. He is interred at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Regina.


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