Ian Davenport: Chromatic
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Ian Davenport: Chromatic @ Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

Thu 9 Jan 2020 to Sat 8 Feb 2020

Ian Davenport: Chromatic @ Cristea Roberts Gallery

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Open: Tue-Wed 11am-4pm by appointment

43 Pall Mall, St. James's, SW1Y 5JG, London West End, UK
Open: Tue-Wed 11am-4pm by appointment


Ian Davenport: Chromatic


Ian Davenport: Chromatic
to Sat 8 Feb 2020
Tue-Wed 11am-4pm by appointment

Special event:
Ian Davenport in conversation with Michael Bracewell. Wednesday 22 January, 6pm-7.30pm. Booking

The Cristea Roberts Gallery unveils a major new body of etchings and monoprints by Ian Davenport (b.1966) which explore complex arrangements of colours inspired by changing seasons and quotidian light effects.

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Davenport, who is well known for his abstract paintings, which consist of carefully poured lines that puddle downwards, has built up an impressive body of graphic work over the past fifteen years. Experimentation, improvisation, and the accidental, which are explored in this new exhibition, Chromatic (9 January – 8 February 2020), are a vital part of Davenport’s creative process.

Large etchings entitled, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, 2019, are made in Davenport’s signature technique of vertical lines cascading down into rich pools of colour. The prints, which are abstract interpretations of the four seasons, are shown together with a group of prints entitled Diagonals. Davenport explores the dynamic sequences of colour that have been applied diagonally instead of vertically, so that the printed marks pool and coalesce in one corner of the composition. The prints are composed of colours that reflect the phases of daylight, from morning and midday to twilight and evening. A related body of twelve monoprints, that are made from the same printing plates, are named after each hour of the day. Each one, fading and brightening between full and half-light, investigate the dynamic interaction of colour.

For the second part of the exhibition Davenport switches to a different format which explores the complex arrangements of marks and patterns made when colour is splattered, rather than poured, onto paper support. Short jets of colour are squirted onto white, silver and red backgrounds to create large-scale unique works on paper. These explosions of colour, which include Red Crackle, 2019, Fuse, 2018 and Cold Fall, 2018, will be exhibited together with related screenprints.

Davenport, who remains one of the youngest ever nominees for the Turner Prize, has had over forty solo shows across Europe and the USA, most recently at Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2019). He has completed major commissions around the world, including on Oxford Street, London for W1 Curates art project 2019, and a monumental painting entitled Giardini Colorfall, 2017, commissioned by Swatch for the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Davenport’s work is held in important museum collections including Arts Council of Great Britain; Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Museum Wales, Cardiff; Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal; Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia; Borusan Art Gallery, Istanbul; Museum of Modern Art, New York and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.

Cristea Roberts Gallery are the exclusive worldwide representatives for Davenport’s original prints.

Installation view of Ian Davenport: Chromatic at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London. Photo: Maxwell Anderson

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