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Ian Davenport was born in Kent, United Kingdom and graduated Goldsmiths College in 1988. In the year he graduated from Goldsmiths, he participated in the Damian Hirst-cureated FREEZE exhibition which first brought together many of the Young British Artists. This exhibition has been a great opportunity to the young british artist for their prosperous future, and Ian Davenport also started to receive attention from the art world internationally. 

Many of Davenport’s works are made by pouring paint with injector onto MDF or aluminium panel surface that are flipped or tipped to move paint. He often employs household gloss paint in the background, meaning the viewer can see their own reflection in the work. It has been intended by the artist that viewers are able to see the reflection of oneself in the ‘color created by the artist’ without other material layers. Above the background, there is tension between the sense of orders and freedom made by ‘line painting’ method of paints spread and poured.
The artist opened his first solo exhibition at the Tate Modern in London in 1990, and he was nominated for the annual Turner Prize in 1991. He is currently working as a prominent contemporary artist. His work is the Tate Modern in London, the British Council, the French Contemporary Art Fund, Zurich belt Kunstmuseum and Dallas in Texas, including the prestigious Museum of Art. In 2008, Ian Davenport had his first solo exhibition in Asia, Hakgojae Seoul.



1966      Born in Kent, UK 

1984-85 Northwich College of Art and Design, Cheshire, UK 

1985-88 B.A Fine Art, Goldsmith’s College of Art, London 

1991      Nominated for the Turner Prize 

1999      Prizewinner John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 21 

2002      First Prize, Prospects, Essor Project Space, London 

Lives and works in London 

Solo Exhibitions 

2014     Colourfall, Waddington Custot Galleries, London 

2013     Colorfall, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 

2012     Ian Davenport, Galerie Andres Thalmann, Zurich, Switzerland 

             Between the Lines, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore 

             Ian Davenport: Reflex, Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, Rome 

2011     Ian Davenport, Waddington Custot Galleries, London 

             Ian Davenport, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki 

             PRISMATIC, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

2010     Ian Davenport, AllerArt, Bludenz, Austria 

             Ian Davenport, Works, Slewe Galerie, Amsterdam 

             Galerie Xippas, Paris 

2009     New prints and monoprints, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

             Ian Davenport, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 

             Puddle Paintings, Waddington Galleries, London 

2008     Ian Davenport & The Simpsons, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             Waddington Galleries, London 

             Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul 

2007     Waddington Galleries, London 

2006     Ovals Arches Lines, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

2005     Galerie Xippas, Paris 

             Slewe Galerie, Amsterdam 

2004     Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK 

2003     Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             Waddington Galleries, London 

2001     The Box Associati, Turin, Italy 

             Galerie Xippas, Paris 

             Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam 

2000     Waddington Galleries, London 

             Project Space, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK 

1999     Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK 

             Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium 

1998     Galerie Xippas, Paris 

             Galerie Limmer, Cologne, Germany 

             Galleria Moncada, Cologne, Germany 

1996     Waddington Galleries, Art 27’96, Basel, Switzerland 

             Ridinghouse Editions, London 

             Waddington Galleries, London 

1994     Turner & Byrne Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA 

1993     Waddington Galleries, London 

1992     Galerie Ludwig, Krefeld, Germany 

             Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin 

             Galerie Limmer, Freiburg, Germany 

             Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 

1990     Waddington Galleries, London 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2013     Hidden In Plain Sight: British Abstract Art from the Collection, Plymouth City Museum and Gallery, Plymouth, 


             Once upon a time and a very good time it was…, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             Touching Colour, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 

             Linear Abstraction, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

2012     Sweethearts: Artist Couples, Pippy Houldsworth, London 

             The Materiality of Paint, FAS Contemporary, London 

             Means Without Ends, Pippy Houldsworth, London 

2011     Gravity’s Rainbow, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             Lineage: Prints by Michael Craig – Martin, Ian Davenport and Julian Opie, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, UK 

             UK & US Contemporary Artists, Galeria Pilar Serra, Madrid 

2010     ART – curated by Michael Craig-Martin, Haas and Fuchs, Berlin 

             Save Us, Macclesfield Visual Arts Festival, Cheshire, UK 

             Layers: John Moores Prize Paintings in Korea, Seongnam Art Centre, Seongnam, Korea 

             Abstraction and Structure, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Berlin 

             Abstract Vision Now, Art+Art Gallery, Moscow 

             Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

             John Moores Paintings Prize, Walker Art Centre, Liverpool, UK 

             Fast Forward, Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo 

2009     Artissima, Galerie Xippas, Turin, Italy 

2008     Drawing Breath, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, UK 

             Blitzkrieg Bop, Man & Eve, London 

             MAXImin, Fundación Juan March, Madrid 

2007     Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, Jerwood Space, London (touring to Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham; Glasgow 

             School of Art, Glasgow, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK; BayArt, Cardiff, UK; University of 

             Newcastle, Newastle upon Tyne, UK) 

             Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London 

             Passion for Paint, National Gallery, London, (touring to Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK; Laing 

             Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) 

             You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference, Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition: Harris Museum 

             and Art Gallery, Preston, UK; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK; The Lowry, Salford, UK; New Art Gallery, 

             Walsall, UK; Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Cumbria, UK 

2006     Thread, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             How to Change the World, 60 Years of British Art, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London 

2005     Ian Davenport & Kaoru Tsunoda, Rachmaninoff’s, London 

             Elements of Abstraction: Space, Line and Interval in Modern British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, 

             Southampton, UK 

             Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

2004     John Moores 23, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK 

2003     Days Like These: Tate Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London 

             Blanc de Blanc, Galerie Xippas, Paris 

             Exodus: between promise and fulfillment, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK 

             Circular, The Rocket Gallery, London 

             Prints Published by the Alan Cristea Gallery, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

             On, Galerie Xippas, Athens 

2002     In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London 

             Prospects 2002 Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, Essor Project Space, London 

             Super-Abstr-Action 2, Galerie No Code, Bologna, Italy 

             Inheriting Matisse: The Decorative Contour in Contemporary Art, Rocket Gallery, London 

             Peintures-contrainte ou recette, Galerie du Cloitre, Rennes, France 

             Slewe Galerie, Amsterdam 

             Abstraction, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 

             John Moores 22, The Walker, Liverpool, UK (part of the Liverpool Biennial 2002) 

             Jerwood Drawing Prize, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham UK (touring ex.) 

             Berlin/London/Minimal, Alan Cristea Gallery, London 

             New Commisions, Alan Cristea Gallery, London  

2001     Complementary Studies: Recent Abstract Painting, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK 

             Camberwell ArtsWeek 2001, Eger Architects, London 

             British Abstract Painting 2001, Flowers East, London 

             Jerwood Painting Prize, Jerwood Gallery, London(touring to Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UK) 

2000     Surface, An Tuireann, Isle of Skye, UK 

             Fact and Value, Charlottenburg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen

             Profiles of Young European Painting, Premio del Golfo, La Spezia, Italy 

1999     Examining Pictures: exhibiting paintings, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London(touring to Museum of 

             Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA, and Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA) 

             A line in Painting, Gallery Fine, London 

             John Moores Liverpool 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK 

             Now showing II, Houldsworth Fine Art, London 

             21 Years of Spacex, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK 

1998     Elegant Austerity, Waddington Galleries, London 

             Up to 2000, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK 

             Roberto Caracciola, Ian Davenport, Galleria Moncada, Rome 

1997     Treasure Island, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon 

             Ian Davenport, Michael Craig Martin, Zebedee Jones, Michael Landy and Fiona Rae, Waddington Galleries, 


             Finish, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK 

1996     Neuvas Abstracciones, Palacio de Velazquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reino Sofia, Madrid

             (touring to Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany, Museo d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain) 

             50 Jahre Kunst – und Museumsverein Wupertal, Kunsthalle Barmen, Wupperthal-Barmen, Germany 

             British Abstract Art Part 3 – Works on Paper, Flowers East, London 

             Ace! Arts Council Collections new purchases (touring to Hatton Gallery, Harris Museum and Art Gallery,  

             Oldham Art Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Mappin Art Gallery, Angel Row Gallery, Ormeau Baths  

             Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery, in the UK) 

             About Vision: New British Painting in the 1990’s, Modern Art, Oxford, UK (touring to Fruitmarket Gallery, 

             Wolsey Art Gallery, Laing Art Gallery in the UK) 

1995     From here, Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert, London 

             30 Years of Northern Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK 

             Real Art – A New Modernism: British Reflexive Painters in the 1990s, Southampton City Art Gallery, 

             Southampton, UK (touring to Stedelijk Museum, Aalst, Belgium, and Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK) 

1994     Here and Now, Serpentine Gallery, London 

             British Abstract Art Part 1: Painting, Flowers East, London 

             Summer 94, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 

             British Painting 1988-1994: a selection from stock, Richard Salmon Ltd, London 

1992     The Vertical Flatbread Picture Plane – En Valise, Turner and Byrne Gallery, Dallas, Texas, USA 

             Dumb Painting, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands 

             L’Attico, Fabio Sargentini, Rome 

             Gifts to the Nation: Contemporary Art Society Purchases, Camden Arts Centre, London 

             New Voices: recent paintings from the British Council Collection (touring to 21 venues across the world) 

1991     British Art from 1930, Waddington Galleries, London 

             Metropolis Internationale Kunstausstellung, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin 

             Broken English, Serpentine Gallery, London 

             Ian Davenport, Stephen Ellis, James Nares, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 

             Abstraction, Waddington Galleries, London 

             Turner Prize Exhibition, Tate Gallery, London 

             New Displays, Tate Gallery, London 

             Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin 

             Confrontacines: Arte ultimo britanico y espanol, Instituto de la Juventud, Madrid 

1990     The British Art Show, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, UK (touring to Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK, and 

             Hayward Gallery, London) 

             Painting Alone, Pace Gallery, New York 

             Carnet de Voyages – I, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas, France 

1989     Current, Swansea Arts Workshop, Swansea, UK 

             West Norwood I, West Norwood Railway Arches, London 

1988     Freeze, Surrey Docks, London 

             Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Michael Landy, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London 

1985     Young Contemporaries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK 


2013     Commissioned by Fabergé and Vista Jet to create a design for the tail of one of Vistajet’s flagship aircrafts, 

             the bombardier Global 6000, in celebration of Spring and Easter, Switzerland 

2012     Commissioned by Events for London, Mayor of London’s Office, the Greater London Authority to make 

             an for the concourse in between the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern for the duration of the Olympic 

             Games in London 

2006     Commissioned by Southwark Council and Land Securities to make a 50m painting, the western bridge wall on 

             Southwark Street, London 

2004     Commissioned by Contemporary Art Society to make a wall painting for Warwick University, Coventry, UK 

Selected Public Collections 

Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London 

Birmingham City Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK 

Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul 

The British Council, UK 

Contemporary Art Society, UK 

DaimlerChrysler Collection, Stuttgart, Germany 

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA 

FNAC Fonds National d’art contemporain, France 

The Government Art Collection (Department for Culture Media and Sport), UK 

Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia, Italy 

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK 

Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK 

Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK 

Tate, London 

Unilever, London 

Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany 

Warwick University, Coventry, UK 

Weltkunst Collection, Zurich, Switzerland 






Poured Painting - Lime Green, Turquoise, Lime Green


Household oil paint on medium density fiber board

244 x 61 cm

Poured Reversal Painting Light Blue, Blue


Household oil paint on medium density fiber board

182.8 x 304.8 cm

Poured Lines - Dark Pink, Blue, Orange, Grey Blue, Red


Household paint on canvas

213.4 x 213.4 cm

Ovals; Black, Light Blue, Black


Screenprint on paper

75.5 x 70.5 cm



Household paint on canvas

213.4 x 213.4 cm

Etched the Lines


Screenprint on paper

67.8 x 47.7 cm

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