Exhibitions of new paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Paul Kasmin Gallery presents Doubletake, an exhibition of new paintings by the British artist Ian Davenport, on view from September 8 – October 22, 2016 at 293 Tenth Avenue in New York. This is his first solo show at the gallery since 2013.
In Doubletake, Davenport explores the chromatic essence of historical masterpieces, the palette of many of the paintings being inspired by a canonical work. He has ranged widely through history for his sources, paying homage to paintings spanning from the 16th century to the 20th, creating a remarkable record of a painter’s taste and powerfully demonstrating how a great tradition of historical pictures can inform contemporary art. His technique, driven by an enduring fascination with the materiality of paint and the process of painting, is similar in each. First, after studying the painting in depth and gaining an intuitive understanding of its colors and hues, he goes to work using his signature technique, which delivers elegant vertical lines cascading down the panels into rich puddles of color.