One of Davie's most emphatic, successful and powerful images. This is raw, creative turmoil with almost aggressive and extremely free brushwork intermixed with a broad range of colours. Raw studio detritus and thick impasto add to the grittiness and physicality. Preceeded a few montsh before by Blood Creation, Davie is no less able to summon demons than Bacon. Bowness comments : "Upsurge No. 3 gives us a glimpse of the abyss. As in Francis Bacon pictures, there is a hint of some sort of anthropoid emerging on the right, balanced by the yellow rectangle on the left."
D.C. Thomson Esq.
1958, Gimpel Fils, London.
1966, Alan Davie, Leeds Queen Square Gallery, Leeds, cat. no. 6.
1970, Alan Davie - Retrospective, University Art Museum, Austin Texas, USA, cat. no. 4, ill. and travleed to Musee d'Art Contemporain, Cite du Havre, Montreal, Canada and California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA.
1975, Alan Davie, Gimpel FIls, New York, USA.
Alan Bowness (ed.). Alan Davie, London, 1967, no.54, pl.10, ill.
Douglas Hall and Michael Tcker, Alan Davie, London, 1992, no.79, ill.