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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Ian Davenport

b. 1966, United Kingdom

Ian Davenport is one of the most celebrated contemporary British artists. After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College of Art in London in 1988, Davenport’s work was shown in Freeze, the seminal exhibition of would-be Young British Artists curated by Damien Hirst.

Davenport creates his distinctive paintings by pouring high-gloss paint onto his chosen surface, using heavy-duty syringes, then either leaving the flow of paint up to gravity - or tilting the work himself to create different arrangements with colour and line. After first experimenting with monochrome and more subdued tones, the artist then proceeded to work with bright, vibrant colour combinations inspired by cars, street signs, and Italian frescoes. Davenport’s preferred gloss paint allows the viewer to see their own reflection in the works, adding another dimension to the paintings.

Among his most notable works are his public commission for the Southwark Bridge, Poured Lines: Southwark, and his thirteen-metre high mural for the 2003 Days Like These exhibition at Tate Britain. Ian Davenport lives and works in London.

Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991. His work is held in international public collections including at the Tate London; the Weltkunst Collection, Zurich; and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Recent exhibitions of the Artist’s works have included Colourfall at Waddington Custot Galleries, London (2014); Right Now! At Mission Gallery, Wales (2015); and Ian Davenport at Dan Galeria, São Paulo (2015).

Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportUntitled, 1988 Oil on canvas
112.6 x 127.8 cm
Waddington Custot
Evening by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportEvening, 2019 Etching on Canson Edition Bright White 320 gsm
62 x 62 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Twilight by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportTwilight, 2019 Etching on Canson Edition Bright White 320 gsm
62 x 62 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Midday by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportMidday, 2019 Etching on Canson Edition Bright White 320 gsm
62 x 62 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Morning by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportMorning, 2019 Etching on Canson Edition Bright White 320 gsm
62 x 62 cm
Cristea Roberts Gallery
The Field by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportThe Field, 2018 Acrylic on aluminium mounted onto aluminium panel
162.7 x 132.4 cm
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Waddington Custot
Whirl by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportWhirl, 2018 Acrylic on aluminium mounted onto aluminium panel
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Waddington Custot
Flow 2 by Ian Davenport contemporary artwork
Ian DavenportFlow 2, 2018 Acrylic on aluminium mounted on aluminium panel
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Waddington Custot

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Interaction of Colour at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Open Now
7 September–26 October 2019 Group Exhibition Interaction of Colour Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Ian Davenport, Colourscapes at Waddington Custot, London
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20 September–8 November 2018 Ian Davenport Colourscapes Waddington Custot, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Print Project Space: New Editions at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
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1–22 September 2018 Group Exhibition Print Project Space: New Editions Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Report Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach 11 Dec 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

General consensus? This years edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach was better than the last. Everything was “more” – more vibrancy, daring choices, and a more buoyant market. The Public program at Collin’s Park was a complete success, featuring performance pieces by artists including Ryan McNamara, Mungo Thomson and David...

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In Video & Audio

Ian Davenport: Fabstraction Related Video & Audio Ian Davenport: Fabstraction Alan Cristea Gallery : 4 March 2009

A short film exploring a major body of etchings and monoprints by British artist Ian Davenport, made for his 2009 exhibition, Fabstraction (4 March–17 April 2009).

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