Ian Davenport

  • Ian Davenport
    Puddle Painting: Cadmium Orange Study, 2009
    Water-based paints on aluminium
    103 x 79 cm

  • Ian Davenport
    Untitled Circle Painting :
    Dark Red / Light Red / Dark Red, 2005
    Laque sur panneaux de fibres medium
    122 x 244 cm

The creative process of Ian Davenport has two aspects: the act of painting and the performance. He starts by spreading the lacquer onto medium density fireboard or aluminium panels that are then flipped or tipped to move paint across and off the surface. Some of his works are made by pouring the paint onto a tilted surface and then by letting gravity work and spread the paint on the surface. The brilliance of the painting enables the viewer to see his own reflection. These clearly attractive works may seem simple, but they are much more complex than this explanation suggests. The most intense moment comes when the situation is out of control: when colours come into contact. These works have a presence, a power to transform the surface they occupy, changing the perception of space around them.

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