Ian Davenport

1966 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Ian Davenport is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Ian Davenport was born in 1966. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Lorna Simpson, Gary Hume, Edmund de Waal and Yinka Shonibare.

About Ian Davenport's works

Ian Davenport is known for working in the fields of Conceptual, Minimalism and Abstraction work. For a conceptual artist, the artwork needs to detach itself from any sort of traditional representation of what is art, and invite the viewer to enter a world of ideas and concepts, free from the material reality. Indeed, the essence of Conceptualism lies in the fact that the idea behind the artwork has significantly more importance than the completed artwork itself. As a defined movement, Conceptualism first came to be in the late 1960s, with figures such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. The most revolutionary aspect of Conceptual Art is that the artwork can take the form of anything, from writings to performances, to a derived use of everyday objects - the boundaries of art are thus defied, the tradition is critiqued. Conceptualism has been, and still remains, subject to controversy and debate, due to its tendency to provoke the viewer. As a contemporary movement, is it often used as a tool to defy institutions, societal structures and political systems.

Minimalism is a contemporary art movement that was born in the post World War II era, in New York city. The roots of minimalism mainly lay in a desire to create an art devoid of expression and metaphors, as well as distance the productions from the traditionally accepted standards of fine art. This mindset started to develop among blossoming artists, who were bored of the current state of art, which they deemed dull and too academic. Minimalist artists really tried to break down all traditional and established conceptions about what could constitute art, making it one of the most radical and progressive movements of the modern period. Some of the key figures of Minimalism include Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Frank Stella. In Minimalism, the central idea is that art should have its own reality, rather than try to imitate life. Indeed, the viewer is solely inclined to see the purity of the artwork presented, as defined by its formal elements, like line and colour, and to grasp the harmony of something which does not try to be anything else than what it is. Minimalism remains one of the most significant modern art movements.

Abstract art first started to emerge in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus moving away from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists move away from any literal representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Ian Davenport is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Austria, and Italy. Some of those galleries are Alan Wheatley Art and Cristea Roberts Gallery in London, and Gallery 2CforArt in Salzburg. Ian Davenport most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London with the exhibition Chromatic. The exhibition was open from 08 January 2020 until 07 February 2020. Ian Davenport's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Alan Wheatley Art in London (19 September 2019 - 10 October 2019) with the name From Strength to Strength: The Power of Art and Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (06 September 2019 - 25 October 2019) with the name The Interaction od Colour. Ian Davenport's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called New works on paper and took place at Slewe Galerie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 13 January 2018 to 24 February 2018.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been a crucial centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued vast wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural supremacy of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the reputation of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became an important centre in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later become into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists associated with the Bloomsbury group. Some significant British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Ian Davenport

Ian Davenport was born in 1966, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The generation of artists that grew up in, and took inspiration from, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth discrepancy, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The 1980s was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Important art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti began to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Ian Davenport

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