Born in 1966, Internationally renowned abstract painter Ian Davenport studied at Goldsmiths College alongside notable peers such as Damien Hirst, Michael Landy, Gary Hume, and Sarah Lucas. He graduated in 1988, and that same year was included in Hirst’s seminal Freeze exhibition—the first gathering of the loose group that would become known as the Young British Artists.
Much of Davenport’s work is made by pouring or dripping paint down an angled surface, as in the ‘Days Like These’ exhibition at Tate Britain in 2003, where Davenport created a mural by dripping lines of coloured paint vertically down a wall using a syringe. 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 & in 2002 his work was exhibited in Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Award-winning artist Peter Monaghan was born in Ireland in 1955 and studied at the National College of Art and Design in the mid-1970s. “My work is the result of disciplined research into the experience of looking – the experience of pure visual sensation and aesthetic pleasure. Simple forms and colours are used in repetition to engage the viewer. It is a dialogue about light, colour, movement and illusion; exploring the relationships and contrasts between painted flat surfaces, protruding spheres, cubes or geometric shapes. The work aims to evoke a response from the viewer.”
Monaghan’s artwork has won national & international recognition including winning the Jim McNaughton Bursary for Commissioned Artists as part of the Business to Arts Awards. His large-scale installations can be seen in prestigious locations such as the V.I.P. Presidential Suite in Dublin Airport, the Gibson Hotel, the Dean Hotel, the Beacon Clinic and UCD’s scientific centre. Monaghan has also exhibited at the RHA in Dublin and had successful exhibitions in London, New York, Miami, Singapore, Brussels and Hong Kong.
Both artists share a keen interest in the combination of colour and line to create vibrant and dynamic pieces. Their works complement each other by using a harmony of tone, shape and form to create lively and engaging artworks.
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Runs until September 30