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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