Ian Davenport is one of a number of contemporary artists who have continued the tradition of post-war abstract painting. He typically drips or pours paint down canvases in a variety of ways, exploiting the properties of different paints to produce vibrant contrasts and startling visual effects. Unlike some "action painters" such as the American Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock, Davenport does not approach his works intuitively. He plans his paintings carefully in advance and deliberately controls their eventual appearance. Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991 and his works are exhibited widely.
Ian Davenport was born in Sidcup, Kent. He studied at Norwich College of Art and Design and then Goldsmiths’ College in London. He participated in Damien Hirst’s Freeze exhibition at the Surrey Docks in Docklands in 1988 and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1991. His first solo exhibition was at Waddingtons in London in 1990 and he has exhibited there regularly since. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991. Davenport's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in many public collections. In 2006 he completed a 50 metre poured painting for Southwark Council which is permanently installed in a street near Tate Modern.
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