The creative process of Ian Davenport (born 1966 in Sidcup, England) 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.
Mousse - Mousse Publishing (books)
Horizons presents a group of approximately seventeen large-scale works from the last thirty years by British abstract artist Ian Davenport, from the earlier pieces made with industrial materials of the '80s, till the more complex multicolored works of the last years.