Artists who have participated in exhibitions at Griffin Gallery are featured below.

Ian Davenport

Ian Davenport is known for his abstract paintings, on which colour is applied in vertical strips and ellipses. He studied at Goldsmiths' College of Art in London, graduating in 1988. Since participating in Freeze, the exhibition curated by Damien Hirst in 1988, Davenport has been closely associated with the generation of Young British Artists. His paintings are executed by letting paint pour over canvases, boards and aluminium panels, tilted so that the final composition is determined in an interaction between gravity and the paint's viscosity. By predetermining both materials and processes, Davenport prioritizes experimentation with the means of painting over theoretical concerns. In 1991 he was nominated for the Turner prize and in 1999 he was a prize winner in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.

Davenport's first solo exhibition was held at Waddington Galleries in 1990, and in the same year his work was also seen in The British Art Show, which toured to Leeds City Art Gallery and the Hayward Gallery, London. He has had solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (1999), Tate Liverpool (2000) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004).  Recently he has shown extensively worldwide including: Galerie Hopkins, Paris; Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea. In 2003, Davenport produced a wall painting for the Tate Triennial and he was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society in 2004 to make a wall painting for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Warwick University. Davenport was also commissioned by Southwark Council and Land Securities to produce Poured Lines: Southwark Street, a 48 metre long painting, as part of the regeneration of Bankside, which was completed in 2006.

Recent exhibtions:

2014 A comprehensive monograph of the artist’s work is published by Thames & Hudson, with texts by Martin Filler, Michael Bracewell and Damien Hirst; Commissioned to install large, outdoor painting, Colourcade: HANA 2014 at the HANA Building, Singapore

2013 Commissioned by Fabergé and Vistajet to create a design for the tail of one of Vistajet’s flagship aircrafts – the bombardier Global 6000, in celebration of Spring and Easter

2012 Commissioned to design an 'Arty Wenlock' for the Olympics, by Events for London, Mayor of London’s Office, the Greater London Authority, installed on the concourse in between the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern, for the duration of the Olympic Games


Exhibited at Griffin Gallery in Pool in April-June 2016.



1966, UK


BA Fine Art - Goldsmiths College of Art, London, 1985 - 1988

Northwich College of Art and Design, Cheshire, 1984 - 1985

(Last updated 04.06.2016)