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Colourfall by Ian Davenport at Waddington Custot Galleries, London.

Colourfall by Ian Davenport at Waddington Custot Galleries, London.

Thursday, 19th June 2014.

Colourcade, 2014 © Waddington Custot Galleries

Colourcade, 2014 © Waddington Custot Galleries

Waddington Custot Galleries present the exhibition “Ian Davenport: Colourfall”. This retrospective exhibition shows recent paintings as well as examples from the last 25 years, and it is organized to coincide with the publication of a major monograph on the artist’s work by Thames & Hudson.

With influences ranging from European and American abstraction and the music of John Cage to his own urban environment, Davenport’s manipulation of paint has earned widespread acclaim. From his early investigations into chance and painting surfaces, to the complex rhythms of his vertically lined colour pieces, Davenport’s unconventional methods are unified by intuitive understanding and mastery of the medium.

Ian Davenport studied Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College of Art. In the summer of 1988, after his graduation Davenport was part of the famous Freeze, the seminal exhibition curated by Damien Hirst, from which a group of sixteen artists would soon become known as the YBAs (Young British Artists).

This early exposure led to his inclusion in the 1990 British Art Show and his first solo show at Waddington Galleries. Just one year later he became the youngest Turner Prize nominee. Davenport has since won international recognition with over forty solo shows across Europe and the USA.

The earliest work included in this exhibition is the monumental painting Satin Black on White from the Bottom to the Top (1989). Davenport’s richly coloured later work demonstrates a keen receptivity to urban detail. Poured Painting: Magenta, Orange, Magenta (1999), for example, resembles vast architectural arch shapes.

The exhibition displays the vertically striped works that are often seen as his signature pieces, for example Colorfall: Ambassador (2013). These paintings use palettes derived from urban surroundings or popular sources such as The Simpsons cartoons.

The monograph is the most comprehensive publication devoted to Ian Davenport’s career to date, with more than 200 colour images, texts by Martin Filler, the artist in conversation with Michael Bracewell and an introduction by Damien Hirst. Publication date is 9th June 2014.

Ian Davenport was born in Sidcup, South East London, in 1966. He completed an Art Foundation Course at the Northwich College of Art and Design in 1984-85 before taking a BA in Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College. Davenport’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Tate and National Gallery London, Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His work is held in numerous public collections including the Arts Council, Government Art Collection, Tate Gallery, London, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.

Colourfall by Ian Davenport is at Waddington Custot Galleries, Mayfair, London, from 11th June to 12th July 2014.


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