Poured Lines: Light Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Red

Ian Davenport (1966 - )

Household paint on canvas


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  • About the work
    Country: Singapore
    City: Singapore
    Place: British High Commission
    As explained by Ian Davenport, his works are: ‘an investigation of processes exploring the different properties of paint’. For each painting of his Poured Lines series, he began by applying three layers of acrylic primer on canvas or board, followed by two applications of Dulux gloss, leaving a two-day drying period between each step. A small scaffold was placed next to the canvas that was positioned at an angle. The paint was poured from a vessel with an adjustable head to regulate the breadth of each pour. Davenport kept a strict time period between each sequence of ‘pours’, allowing paint to find its natural course down the canvas. Variations in timing established the overall tempo of each work. Ian Davenport was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1991. He was commissioned by Swatch Faces to produce the large-scale painting Giardini Colourfall during the Venice Biennale in 2017.
  • About the artist
    Ian Davenport was born in Sidcup, Kent and studied at Norwich College of Art and Design (1984–5), before attending Goldsmiths College (1985–8). He was one of a group of young artists who participated in Damien Hirst’s (now legendary) exhibition, 'Freeze', held in the Surrey Docks, London, in 1988. Since the 1990s, Davenport has exhibited his work widely in the UK and internationally. In 1991, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. He has also produced a range of product design commissions including aeroplane tail designs for Fabergé and Vistajet (Easter Project, 2013); and handbag designs for Lady Dior (2016).
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    Poured Lines: Light Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Red
    Household paint on canvas
    height: 213.40 cm, width: 213.40 cm
    Purchased from Waddington Galleries, March 1998
    verso tr (red paint): Poured Lines: / Light Red, Green, / Blue, Yellow, Orange, / Yellow, Red / Davenport 1995
    The artist: purchased from Waddington Galleries 1998
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