Born in Kent in 1966, Ian Davenport studied ate Goldsmith College together with Damien Hirst, Michael Landy and Sarah Lucas. In 1988 he participated at the ground-braking Frieze exhibition which gathered the artists who would be later called the Young British Artists.
Known for his colourful “puddle” paintings, Ian Davenport has gone to great lengths in the name of experimentation, Much of his works are made by pouring or dripping paint down an angled surface allowing it to run down the support (often steel) in distinct bands and puddle at the base,. Other work features paint poured on a flat surface, relying on the effects of gravity and weight to move colour into abstract compositions.
In 1991, Davenport was nominated for the Turner Prize.