Born in 1966, Internationally renowned abstract painter Ian Davenport studied at Goldsmiths College alongside notable peers such as Damien Hirst, Michael Landy,Gary Hume, and Sarah Lucas. He graduated in 1988, and that same year was included in Hirst’s seminal Freeze exhibition—the first gathering of the loose group that would become known as the Young British Artists.
Much of Davenport’s work is made by pouring or dripping paint down an angled surface, as in the ‘Days Like These’ exhibition at Tate Britain in 2003, where Davenport created a mural by dripping lines of coloured paint vertically down a wall using a syringe. Other work features paint poured on a flat surface, relying on the effects of gravity and weight to move colour into abstract compositions.
In 1991, Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize & in 2002 his work was exhibited in Irish Museum of Modern Art. He now lives and works in London.