Pace Prints is pleased to present an exhibition of new monoprints and editions by Ian Davenport, on view at its 32 East 57th Street gallery, April 3—May 2, 2015. There will be an opening reception at the gallery Thursday, April 2, 5-7pm.
Davenport’s first solo exhibition at Pace Prints will feature monoprints and color etchings with chine-collé. By employing gravity to manipulate printmaking grounds, these graphic works produce images that reflect the result the artist has achieved in his glossy pour paintings. The artworks continue his process-based investigation of the paradox between chance and control, the industrial and organic.
“I wanted to explore etching because it’s got a very rich color.” Davenport explains, “Something about the way that the color is mixed—it’s just pigment and oil—and when that’s printed onto white paper it has a sort of luminosity to it and a richness of color that you don’t really get in anything else.”*
Ian Davenport was born in Kent, England in 1966. He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988, when he exhibited as one of the Young British Artists in the seminal show Freeze, organized by Damien Hirst. In 1991 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and since then has exhibited internationally. Davenport's work is held in numerous public collections including the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Tate gallery, London, Weltkunst Collection, Zurich and Southampton City Art Gallery.
*Quote excerpted from video courtesy The Alan Cristea Gallery. See link below.