Lot 24: IAN DAVENPORT
The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1
November 3, 2010
London, United Kingdom
Description: IAN DAVENPORT B.1966 POURED LINES: PRIMER signed, titled three times and dated 2006 on the reverse water based paints on aluminium 250 by 200cm.; 98½ by 78½in. Executed in 2006.
Poured Lines: Primer is a striking example of Davenport's distinctive technique of pouring paint directly onto a chosen surface. Initially working on canvas, Davenport developed his method to incorporate other materials and has taken to using aluminium as his surface of choice. Moreover, rather than a paintbrush, he applies his paint with a syringe, as it is 'an incredibly precise instrument for controlling liquid' (Davenport, quoted in The Observer, Sunday 20 September 2009, p58). His arrival at this technique is the result of years of experimentation and watering cans and high powered fans have featured amongst his previous methods. Since his work earned him a Turner Prize nomination in 1991, Davenport has refined his idiosyncratic technique and developed a brighter, more vibrant palette, clearly evident in the present work and in large scale public commissions such as Poured Lines: Southwark Street (2006, permanent installation on Southwark Street Western Bridge, near Tate Modern, London). The source of inspiration for his colour combinations is as wide-ranging as his experiments with technique; 'I might lift a palette from an old painting, or, as I recently did, from the opening sequence of The Simpsons...' (Davenport, ibid.).
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, where acquired by the present owner in September 2006