Coloured acrylic paint puddles

16 September – 3 November 2023

Ian Davenport

Works on Paper

Open daily | Free entry

Image credit (above): Kamuro © Ian Davenport, 2019. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates
Image credit (thumbnail): Black Puddle © Ian Davenport, 2010. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates

Ian Davenport: Works on Paper will open on Saturday 16 September at 6pm. You are warmly invited to join Ian Davenport in the gallery to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

Ian Davenport studied at both Northwich College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths College, where he graduated in 1988. He was one of the generation of Young British Artists who participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition, Freeze, organized by Damien Hirst.

Only two years after graduating, he held his first solo show at the Waddington Galleries, London. In 1991, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and remains the youngest ever nominee for the prize, and in 1999 he won an award in the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool.

He has exhibited extensively all over the world and his work is held in important museum collections including: Arts Council of Great Britain; Tate in London; Centre Pompidou in Paris; Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas.

Ian Davenport is well known for his abstract paintings, which explore process and materiality. In recent years his work has consisted of carefully poured lines of acrylic paint down a surface, which puddle and pool at the bottom. This technique allows him to explore complex arrangements of line and colour. Over the past ten years he has also turned his attention to screen-printing and etching, building up an impressive body of graphic work.

This current exhibition will showcase Ian Davenport’s works on paper from his time at Goldsmiths College to present day. Many of the works have never been displayed together before and a new illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. It is the first of Davenport’s exhibition catalogues to be narrated by the artist himself.


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