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Etched Lines - Alan Cristea Gallery

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PREVIOUS Turner Prize nominee, Ian Davenport, is to show his most ambitious work to date in Etched Lines, a solo show of over 30 new works at Alan Cristea Gallery – from March 4 to April 17, 2009.

The exhibition includes 33 small-etched monoprints that form a single installation. Each print is made from the same copper plate, and realised using different combinations of foreground and background colours.

A new series of three etched line prints continues the stylistic developments seen in Davenport’s most recent paintings, with the use of fluid lines that pool to form puddles of colour at the bottom of the compositions.

For the first time, Davenport will show his largest edition to date, Etched Lines: Bright White, a multi-coloured line etching alongside unique versions of the same composition.

Born in 1966, Ian Davenport graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988 and, as part of the YBA generation, participated in the 1988 exhibition Freeze, curated by Damien Hirst. In 1991, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his ability to demonstrate ‘the expressive possibilities of abstract paintings.’

In 2006, Davenport unveiled his largest commission to date, a 50m long mural under the railway bridge on Southwark Street in London. This work is among several large site-specific murals that he has undertaken.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by David Cleaton-Roberts and a filmed interview with the artist, the latest in a series of short films made by Alan Cristea Gallery available online

Times: 10am to 5.30pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Easter: Closed from April 10 to April 13.

Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 & 34 Cork Street, London, W1S 3NU

Tel: 020 7439 1866