British artist Ian Davenport’s brilliantly colourful paintings are now on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan. In a major exhibit titled “Doubletake,” the former Turner Prize nominee unveils his latest body of work, inspired by some of the art world’s most glorious historical masterpieces.
Before initiating work on each of his paintings, Davenport undertakes an in-depth study of a certain artwork, in order to gain a clear understanding of its singular hues and colours. He then uses his signature technique – precisely executed vertical lines of vibrant colours cascading down into explosive puddles – to reinterpret and re-envision that same artwork. Works that have inspired Davenport include “The Marriage of the Virgin,” from 1504, by Italian Renaissance master Perugino; 1912’s “Mada Primavesi,” by Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt; and Van Gogh’s “The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet,” from 1890.
With each of his artworks, Davenport explores novel notions of surface, movement and light, while questioning how colours work together to shape a painting. By re-inventing historic representational paintings, he produces a new rhythm and new dynamics to create his own abstract artworks.
Davenport’s art is part of major collections worldwide, including those of the Tate London, the Dallas Museum of Art, the British Council, the Daimler Chrysler Collection in Stuttgart and the Borusan Art Gallery in Istanbul.
“Doubletake” is on view until October 22 at Paul Kasmin Gallery in Manhattan.