4th March 2009 – 17th April 2009
Previous Turner Prize nominee, Ian Davenport is about to show his most ambitious work to date in Etched Lines, a solo show of over 30 new works at Alan Cristea Gallery from 4th March.
The exhibition includes 33 small-etched monoprints that form a single instal lation. Each print is made from the same copper plate, and realised using different combinations of foreground and background colours.
A new series of three etched line prints continues the stylistic developments seen in Davenport’s most recent paintings, with the use of fluid lines that pool to form puddles of colour at the bottom of the compositions.
For the first time Davenport will show his largest edition to date, Etched Lines: Bright White, a multi-coloured line etching alongside unique versions of the same composition.
Ian Davenport (born 1966) graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988 and, as part of the YBA generation, participated in the 1988 exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his ability to demonstrate ‘the expressive possibilities of abstract paintings’ (The Turner Prize: Twenty Years, by Virginia Button, Tate Publishing, 2003.)
In 2006, Davenport unveiled his largest commission to date, a 50m long mural under the railway bridge on Southwark Street in London. This work is among several large site-specific murals that he has undertaken.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by David Cleaton-Roberts and a filmed interview with the artist, the latest in a series of short films made by Alan Cristea Gallery available online at alancristea.com.