Combining abstract structure with animated life forms

Photographer: James Lange

Photographer: James Lange


Known for exploring the theatrical effect of combining abstract structure with animated life forms, Philomena also loves to paint and draw.

An excellent draughtsman, Philomena likes to relax by producing whimsical portraits of family and friends.


Philomena escorts HM Queen around the Chelsea Harbour Sculpture'93 exhibition, London. Sponsored by P&O

Philomena escorts HM Queen around the Chelsea Harbour Sculpture'93 exhibition, London. Sponsored by P&O

Catalogues and Publications

  • Rhino Rescue: Lot 55: Sotheby’s: 26 October 1987
  • Art at Work in Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes Development Corporation: August 1990
  • Milton Keynes: Image and Reality: Terence Bendixon: 01 November 1991p.193
  • Buildings of England, Buckinghamshire: Nikolaus Pevsner, Elizabeth Williamson, Geoffrey K. Brandwood: Penguin: Second edition 1994 p.116
  • Chelsea Harbour Sculpture 93: ISBN 10: 09521/ ISBN 13: 978 09521 59209
  • James Butler R.A Sculpture: Philomena Davidson: Richard Hagen: 1995
  • Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country 2005
  • Celebrating Moore: Works from the collection of the Henry Moore Foundation: Lund Humphries Publishers, London: 2006 p.58
  • The Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations: In celebration of the 250th meeting, 03 June 2008
  • Peter Matthews: London’s Statues and Monuments: Shire Publications: 2012 p.57
  • Delight: Celebrating a decade of public art on Regent Street: The Crown Estate 2014
  • Rachel Barnett: MK50: Public Art & Creative Writing 2016
  • A Statue for Mary, The Seacole Legacy: Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal: October 2016
  • The Leathersellers’ Tapestry: Published 19 April 2017



Articles and Reviews

  • Sara Payne: Real Life Art: The Times Educational Supplement: 05 June 1970 p.71
  • Are you someone with something to say?: The Daily Telegraph Magazine: No 326: 22 January 1971:p27
  • Sculpture is pupils’ reward: St Augustine’s Church: Heelands: Milton Keynes: MK Citizen: Friday 08 May 1981
  • Cast of thousands: RA Summer Show: MK Citizen: 18 June 1987
  • In the presence of royalty: King Philip the second of Spain: Armada Anniversary celebration: Greenwich King Philip II of Spain: Armada Exhibition: Maritime Museum: Milton Keynes Mirror: Thursday 28 January 1988
  • Guild goes to the capital: Milton Keynes Craft Guild Chairman Philomena Davis: MK Herald: Friday 12 August 1988
  • Philomena Davis at MK Exhibition Gallery: Diary: City Arts: Milton Keynes: 1989 p.20
  • Sculptor’s unveiled!: MK Citizen: Thursday 27 July 1989
  • Art in the bushes: Milton Keynes Gazette: 03 August 1989
  • Creations come closer to home: Magic Carpet Ride: Milton Keynes Mirror: 03 August 1989
  • Mayor figures it out: MK Citizen: Milton Keynes: Thursday 03 August 1989
  • Mothers of invention: City Arts: 1989 p.23
  • Simon Bowker: Monster success for Phil: MK Herald & Post: Thursday 21 December 1989
  • First woman President: The Daily Telegraph: Thursday 17 May 1990
  • Mrs Philomena Davidson Davis has been elected President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors: Court and social: The Daily Telegraph: 03 May 1990
  • Sally Staples: Sculptress carves her path to the top: The Sunday Express: 15 July 1990
  • Breaking the mould: Arts and Entertainment: Prospect: Milton Keynes: October/November 1990 p.42
  • John Lovell: English sculptor to give city’s Water Girl a sister: Portland Press Herald: Portland Maine USA: 27 January 1990
  • Social News: The Daily Telegraph: Wednesday 06 February 1991
  • An exact replica: London Weekly: The Times: Friday 08 February 1991
  • The Guardian: Wednesday 06 February 1991
  • Phyllida Shaw: Chipping away at traditional values: Arts Management Weekly: 05 March 1992 p.2/3
  • Public Art changes hands: Milton Keynes Messenger: April 1992 p.10
  • Country Life Frontispiece: Vol.CLXXXV11 No. 10: 11 March 1993
  • P&O Harbour the very best in Sculpture: Wavelength: May 1993

Philomena working on a sculpture in bronze titled "Fairway" commissioned by Sir Peter Michael CBE for Donnington Valley Hotel & Golf Course, Newbury, UK.

Philomena working on a sculpture in bronze titled "Fairway" commissioned by Sir Peter Michael CBE for Donnington Valley Hotel & Golf Course, Newbury, UK.


  • Art in the Cities: Models of Innovation: Cities Management: May/June 1994 Vol 1 No 6 p.18
  • Art Review Reader Day: June 1993
  • Big Busts: The Observer: 13 June 1993
  • Jonathan Donald: Queen previews sculpture show: Kensington News: 16 June 1993
  • Paul Barker: Harbour Masters: Evening Standard: 17 June 1993
  • Richard Cork: Airing their differences: Sculpture at Chelsea Harbour: The Times: 18 June 1993
  • John McEwen: On the Costa del Chelsea: The Sunday Telegraph: 20 June 1993
  • Etcetera: The Royal Academy Magazine: Summer 1993
  • Antony Thorncroft: Sculpture regenerated: Off the Wall: The Financial Times: 24 June 1993
  • Brian Sewell: Things to do with industrial waste: Evening Standard: 15 July 1993 p.30/31
  • A riverbus fit for a Queen: Royal visitor arrives at Chelsea Harbour: Wavelength: July 1993
  • Tessa Thomas: My speciality: The Financial Times: Saturday 23 October 1993
  • Medals that break the mould: The Independent: 26 August 1994
  • Simon Tait: Sculpture: How the Royal Society of British Sculptors got back in business: The Sunday Times: Weekend: Saturday 20 May 1995
  • Carving a niche: Business Daily: The Scotsman: Friday 16 June 1995
  • Antony Thorncroft: Sculpture regenerated: Off the Wall: Weekend: The Financial Times: 24 June 1995
  • Mary Sara: Sculptors help firms reshape their image: Business Post: Yorkshire Post: Thursday 27 June 1995 p.13
  • Philomena Davidson Davis: Present Day Sculpture: Arts Club Journal: Spring 1995 p.20
  • Maggie Brown: Sculpture is unexpectedly in the news: The Independent: 21 June 1995
  • Simon Tait: Sculpture: How the Royal Society of British Sculptors got back to business: Carving out a new reputation: The Sunday Times 1996
  • Robin Stringer: Take a walk with history: Evening Standard: Monday 08 January 1996 p.28
  • Moore’s daughter loses fight for his art: The Daily Telegraph: 08 March 1996 p 3
  • John Rendall: Gerald Laing sculpture preview: Hello Magazine No 402: 13 April 1996
  • Win an arty day out at Chelsea Harbour: Chiswick Gazette: 14 June 1996
  • Win an arty day out at Chelsea Harbour: Gazette (Greenford & Northolt): 14 June 1996
  • Win an arty day out at Chelsea Harbour: the Gazette Hammersmith Fulham & Shepherds Bush: 14 June 1996
  • Leslie Geddes-Brown: Sculpture the poor relation: The Spectator: 06 July 1996
  • John Parry: Old China reflected in new steel: The Times: 15 August 1996
  • Sculptures unveiled at Donnington ValleyNewbury Weekly News: 17 October 1996
  • Art and Golf: two major sculptures to be unveiled at Donnington Valley: Berkshire Life: 17 October 1996
  • Flight of the Valkyries: Estates Gazette: 19 October 1996
  • Philomena Davidson Davis: Edith Cavell Statue by George Frampton (1860-1928): Masterpiece of the Month: Art and Craft: October 1996 p.23
  • Becky Barrow: Classic story of success: Sunday Business: 20 October 1996
  • Alan Piper: Back in good shape: The Insider: Mail on Sunday: 20 October 1996
  • Student’s sculpture design is a winner: Wolverhampton Express & Star: 16 January 1997
  • Clive Fewins: Today’s fine garden sculpture owes more to Moore than Rodin: Garden Gallery openings: The Financial Times: 29 March 1997
  • How to get the look: Design directory: Style: The Sunday Times: 27 April 1997
  • Dalya Alberge: All women shortlist takes Turner by surprise: Home news: The Times: 18 June 1997
  • John Parry: Don’t be afraid of ridicule: ARTS: The Spectator: 16 January 1999
  • Philomena Davidson Davis: The future is in our hands and our fingertips: National Campaign for the Arts: Arts News: Winter Issue 2000 p.16
  • Llloyd George to get statue honour: Evening Standard: 04 January 2001
  • Suffragette Pankhurst will take place of honour at Westminster: The Sunday Times: 21 January 2001
  • Controversy hits plans for new Trafalgar Statue: Londoners Diary: 28 May 2003
  • A different kind of sculpting: Gallery: Art Newsletter: Issue 02 May 2005: Capital Commitment: Land Securities
  • Stuart Flitton: Campaign for Seacole statue: The Times: 22 March 2006
  • Stuart Flitton: Mary Seacole memorial a step closer: The Times Online: 01 August 2006
  • Stuart Flitton: Artists and Sculptors called to honour Crimean heroine: The Times: 24 July 2007
  • Selection Panel named for Mary Seacole memorial: Jamaica Information Service: 26 July 2007
  • New Memorial Commission: The Art Newspaper No 191: May 2008
  • Mary Seacole memorial should inspire nurses: The Times: 25 June 2008
  • New Memorial Commission: Modern Painters: June 2008: p.102
  • New Memorial Commission: Frieze Magazine: Listings: Issue 116: June July August 2008
  • Chris Green: Memorial to Crimea’s black nurse in danger: The Independent: 25 January 2010
  • Mary Seacole Statue at St Thomas’ Hospital approved by councillors: SE1: Wednesday 25 April 2012

TV & Radio

  • OMNIBUS: The Royal Academy of Arts: Producer Richard Marquand: BBC 1 Recording 03 May 1972
  • Jenni Murray: Woman’s Hour: BBC Radio 4: 14 June 1993
  • London Today: Queen Visits Chelsea Harbour Sculpture Exhibition: ITV:  16 June 1993
  • London Tonight: Queen visits Chelsea Harbour today: ITN: 16 June 1993
  • Entertainment UK: Turning heads at London’s exclusive Chelsea Harbour: Thames television: 16 June 1993