This Autumn the Alan Cristea gallery will present a major new body of etchings by British artist Ian Davenport in an exhibition entitled Prismatic, open to the public from 8 October until 12 November 2011. Davenport, who as one of the now fabled generation of Young British Artists participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze, and in 1991 was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, is celebrated for his exploration into the nature of materials and colour. Prismatic presents 14 new works displaying subtle three-dimensional effects and fizzing with iridescent, jewel-like colours. Prismatic is on show concurrently with an exhibition of the artist's paintings at Waddington Custot, from 1-29 October 2011.
"It is always so exciting to be the catalyst between an artist and the production of an outstanding body of work, and particularly to collaborate with an artist who is as innovative and technically accomplished as Ian Davenport," says Alan Cristea.
Prismatic Diptych, 2011 is the biggest work in the exhibition and was produced using a pair of two metre by one metre copper plates, the largest that can be accommodated on the printing Prismatic Diptych (ghost), 2011 will also be shown, the ‘ghost' print produced by second print being ‘pulled' without re-inking the plate. The Colorplan Series, 2011 is a set of four colour etchings, each an orchestration of 27 different combinations of fluid lines of colour which pool to form puddles at the bottom of the compositions.
Ian Davenport was born in Kent in 1966. Graduating from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988 he participated in the seminal exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst, the same year. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited extensively across the world, and undertaken several large scale site-specific murals, including the 50m long mural under the bridge on Southwark Street, London. In 1999 he was a prize winner in the John Moores Exhibition. Davenport's work is held in numerous public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Dallas Museum of Art, Tate Gallery, London, Weltkunst Collection, Zurich and Southampton City Art Gallery.