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Focus on Davenport

Ian Davenport
Poured Paint, Red, White, Red 1996

Focus on Ian Davenport

Each month we take a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Ian Davenport, the artist who created Poured Paint, Red, White, Red and Poured Paint, Orange, Black, Orange, a pair of paintings located in 10 Exchange Square on the ground floor lobby.

With our Summer of Sport events, deckchairs and new street food traders in Exchange Square this June – it’s set to be a scorcher. Set inside the lobby of 10 Exchange Square, Ian Davenport’s tranquil beacons of summer warmth provide the perfect antidote to the exciting happenings outside.

Cool restraint and an original technique combine to create these subtle and thought-provoking paintings. Often working in series, Davenport creates abstract pieces which investigate not only the physical properties of paint but also the limitations and possibilities of the medium. Influenced by the intense colour within the great tradition of American and European abstract painting, Davenport also pays homage to the compositional elements of Old Master works, combining his unique paint manipulation with carefully proportioned vibrant shades. Working systematically, he pours and drips household paint onto prepared surfaces which are tilted, enabling the gravity and consistency of the paint to determine the final composition. Situated at the forefront of this foyer, Davenport's uniquely composed pieces require the viewer to slow down, take a closer look and assess.

Born in Kent, Davenport studied at Northwich College of Art and Design in Cheshire and at Goldsmith's College of Art in London. Tutored at Goldsmith's by Michael Craig-Martin, he participated in Hirst's seminal Freeze exhibition in 1988. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991, Davenport was a Prize Winner at the John Moores exhibition in 1999. He has gained several important site-specific commissions including the 50 metre long mural under the bridge on Southwark Street and a wall piece for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick University. Throughout 2010 he undertook a period of Residency at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Bethany, Connecticut.

You can see a survey exhibition spanning 25 years of his work at Waddington Custot Gallery in Cork Street W1 from 11 June 2014. This exhibition coincides with the publication on 9 June of a major monograph by Thames and Hudson which includes 200 colour images and an introduction by Damien Hirst.

Watch a video of Ian Davenport talking about his work here

Do let us know what you think about our Davenport poured paintings via Twitter and Facebook. As the weather starts to improve, why not spend your lunch break exploring Broadgate’s fantastic art collection. You can download an art trail brochure here, or collect one from the Broadgate Welcome Centre.