United Kingdom, 1966
Ian Davenport studied art at Goldsmith's College in London. In 1988 his name appeared for the first time on the British art scene when he was selected for the landmark exhibition "Freeze". In 1991 he was a candidate for the prestigious Turner Prize, which launched him firmly on the international scene. His work has been related to that of a group of painters who emerged in Britain in the late eighties -such as Clem Crosby, Torie Beeg and Peter Davis-, who are all concerned with exploring new approaches to painting. They are all interested in the physicality of paint, in bringing about an encounter between the pictorial material and the spectator, and they deliberately reject any attempt at narration or representation. And so Davenport's work defines itself as non-representational and anti-referential. The only protagonists are the material -the paint itself, always industrial- and the process of application, a premeditated process which deliberately opposes intuition as a method. Although his work has evolved with the years, his monochrome tendency and his personal technique, pouring, have become his signs of identity.