IAN DAVENPORT

Born in Sidcup, Kent 1966

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

For over 20 years, Ian Davenport has made paintings by pouring paint onto a tilted surface. Driven by an enduring fascination with the materiality of paint, he goes to work using his signature technique, which delivers elegant vertical lines cascading down the panels into rich puddles of color. Davenport’s control is evident in the carefully composed series of colors that populate his paintings, which are experiments in color relationships guided by his intuition and mastery of the subject. Davenport often uses the colors in the historical work as a reference point to initiate his own color sequences and explorations of movement, surface and light. In so doing, he questions how color gives shape to a picture, helping to structure the background and foreground in representational pictures, and produce rhythm and dynamism in abstract art.


Ian Davenport studied at Goldsmiths' College of Art in London and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in many public collections such as the Tate, London; Weltkunst Collection, Zurich; and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Davenport has exhibited internationally over the past two decades, most recently in solo exhibitions in Geneva, and Saõ Paulo, and in group shows such including the Royal Academy, London (2015). Davenport’s first extensive monograph was published by Thames and Hudson in 2014. This summer, his monumental “Colourfall” spanning 45 feet, is included in the Giardini of the 2017 Venice Biennale. Davenport will be the subject of a major survey at Dallas Contemporary in 2018.

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Ian Davenport