Ian Davenport, Turquoise/Lime Green/Turquoise, 2003, household paint on mdf, 180 x 180 cms overall (9 panels)
The Ingleby Gallery is pleased to announce the first ever selling exhibition in Scotland of paintings by this internationally acclaimed artist.
Ian Davenport was born in Sidcup in 1966 and studied at Goldsmith's College in London, one of the now fabled generation of artists who graduated from there in the late 1980's. He took part in the celebrated exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst, in the summer of 1988 and has since exhibited extensively across the world. His last exhibition in Scotland was at Dundee Contemporary Arts in 1999 - this is the first time that his work has been shown in a private gallery in Scotland.
Davenport has always been interested in the process of making paintings, in the physical activity of pouring and manipulating paint, and in the action of liquid and gravity across the surface of a picture. He makes his very personal brand of abstract paintings by literally tipping paint onto a prepared board, and then flipping or angling it to push the paint in his chosen direction. It is a balancing act that moves from accident to polished perfection with each new series of paintings as Davenport learns how far he can push his materials. This element of balance and push creates a tension at the edges of his paintings, which seem so simple, and yet which are the result of both a learning process and intense physical activity.
For this exhibition Davenport has made new series of 'Circle' paintings and 'Tip' paintings as well as a group of works made by pouring channels of colour down the face of a piece of paper pinned to the wall. A technique evolved by Davenport for making wall drawings and seen most recently in the 60 ft wall that stole the show in Days Like These: the Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain earlier this year.
We will be producing a 32 page casebound book to accompany the exhibition, 20 copies of which will be published in a special edition, signed and numbered and containing an original painting priced at £375. For advance orders please contact the gallery on 0131 556 4441.
The exhibition will be available to view online from Thursday 20 November.