Ian Davenport – Color, Texture, Fresh for Spring

Ian Davenport was born in Kent in 1966. He studied at Goldsmiths’ College of Art in London, graduating in 1988 with a B.A. in Fine Art. In the same year, he exhibited in the Damien Hirst-curated Freeze exhibition which first brought together many of the later-to-be known “Young British Artists.” In 1991, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited extensively across the world, and undertaken several large scale site-specific murals, including the 50m long mural under the bridge on Southwark Street, London.

His abstract paintings are made by pouring paint onto a tilted surface and letting gravity spread the paint over medium density fibreboard rather than canvas. He most often employs household gloss paint, such that the viewer can glean their own reflection in the work. His systematic approach, predetermining both materials and process, results in paintings whose effect is based on physical immediacy rather than any theoretical background. He has made a number of diptychs and triptychs as well as single works.

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Posted on February 20, 2016 by Galerie Maximillian