Ian Davenport (British, b.1966) is an abstract painter, Turner Prize nominee, and member of the Young British Artists. Born in Kent, Davenport briefly attended Northwich College of Art and Design. He then went on to graduate from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988, and participated in the seminal Freeze exhibition that same year. Known for his abstract compositions, he creates his pieces by dripping household gloss paint onto tilted canvases, boards, and aluminum panels, allowing gravity to determine the appearance of the final work. With an emphasis on experimentation, Davenport seeks to prioritize immediacy and spontaneity over theoretical concerns.

The artist held his first solo show in 1990, and was also invited to participate in The British Art Show later that year. He has since gone on to exhibit in numerous galleries and institutions, including Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Dundee Contemporary Arts, and Hakgojae Gallery in South Korea, as well as the Tate Britain, in an exhibition titled Days Like These, for which he created a 42-and-a-half-foot-long mural made by dripping lines of paint down a wall using a syringe.

Recently, Davenport has turned his focus to silkscreen printing and etching, and has begun to build up a significant body of graphic work.

Davenport’s paintings are held in prestigious collections around the world, including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Tate Gallery in London, Weltkunst Collection in Zurich, and Southampton City Art Gallery.

He lives and works in London.

Timeline

1966
Born in Kent, UK
1984–1985
Northwich College of Art and Design, Cheshire, UK
1985–1988
BA, Fine Art, Goldsmith's College of Art, London, UK
1999
Prize winner John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 21
2000
Prize winner Premio del Golfo, La Spezia, Italy
Currently lives and works in London

Exhibitions

2006
Ovals Arches Lines, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, Great Britain
Poured Lines : Southwark Street by Ian Davenport, Tate Modern, London, Great-Britain
2005
Galerie Xippas, Paris, France -solo
Slewe Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. -solo
Ian Davenport, Kaoru Tsunoda, Rachmaninoff's, London, Great Britain.
Minimalism and After IV, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin
Painting : London, Gallery Holly Snapp, Venice
Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, Blue?, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
2004
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain -solo
Other Times: British Contemporary Art, City Gallery, Prague
Painting as Process: Re-evaluating Painting, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
2003
Waddington Galleries, London, Great Britain -solo
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (catalogue) -solo
Exodus Between Performance and Fulfilment, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Great Britain
On, Galerie Xippas, Athens, Greece.
Blanc de blanc, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
Prints Published by the Alan Cristea Gallery, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Days Like These : Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britian London, Great Britain
2002
Galeria Moncada, Rome, Italy (forthcoming) (Solo)
2001
Galerie Xippas, Paris, France (Solo)
Slewe, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Solo)
The Box Associati, Torino, Italy (Solo)
2000
Waddington Galleries, London, Great Britain (Solo)
Tate Gallery, Liverpool, Great Britain (Solo)
Ian Davenport Large Scale Paintings, Waddington Galleries London, Great Britain
Fact and Value, Charlottenburg, Germany
1999
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Great Britain (Solo)
Examining Pictures, Withechapel Art Gallery Chicago, IL
A Line in Painting, Gallery Fine Londres, Great Britain
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 21, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Great Britain
Now Showing II, Houldsworth Fine Art London, Great Britain
21 Years of Spacex, Spacex Gallery Exete, Great Britain
1998
Galerie Xippas Paris, France
Elegant Austerity, Waddington Galleries London, Great Britain
1997
Treasure Island, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbonne, France
Galerie Limmer Cologne, Germany
Galleria Moncada Rome, Italy
Patrick De Brock Gallery Knokke, Belgium
Waddington Galleries London, Great Britain
Ian Davenport Paintings, Dundee Contemporary Arts London, Great Britain