Ian Davenport, ‘Ian Davenport Grey, White Scuola  ’, 2016, Paul Kasmin Gallery

About Ian Davenport

Known for his colorful “puddle” paintings, Ian Davenport has gone to great lengths in the name of experimentation, once even using an industrial wind machine to blow paint onto a canvas. In his recent works, the artist has been applying paint with a syringe, allowing it to run down the support (often steel) in distinct bands and puddle at the base. The precision of the syringe allows him to focus more on color and the sequence of color rather than “on the paint and how it flows.” Davenport’s vivid pigments and unconventional methods recall the stain paintings of Morris Louis, who also allowed gravity to play a role in the outcome of his works. Davenport graduated from Goldsmith’s College in London in 1988, the same year he exhibited in the “Freeze” exhibition curated by fellow Young British Artist Damien Hirst.

British, b. 1966, Kent, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Still Making a Splash After 20 Years!, Galerie Maximillian, Aspen
2017
Ian Davenport 'Melismatic', Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2016
5 Years at Heddon Street, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2015
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London