Have you visited the new Flannels store on Oxford Street yet? If so, you’re bound to have spotted the vibrant screens that cover the storefront featuring digital art (there are a huge total of 36 screens!) If not, well you certainly won’t miss it when strolling down the street, especially at night time. W1 Curates have collaborated with various galleries to present artistic masterpieces on the face of the store and showcase a changing line up of work from some of Europe’s best artists, sponsored by Flannels.
W1 Curates mission is to promote and sustain contemporary art by fostering new artistic trends. In support of artists, they wish to integrate art as a social and heritage value in the urban landscape.
This months highlight on the big screens? Ian Davenport.
Ian is one of the leading British abstract artists of his generation. Born in Kent, England, in 1966, he graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1988 and as one of the generation of Young British Artists he participated in the seminal 1988 exhibition Freeze. At 25 years old Davenport was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize and has since exhibited extensively across the world.
Davenport is driven by an enduring fascination with the materiality and process of painting and printmaking. His abstract paintings are made by pouring and dripping household paint onto canvases, boards and aluminium panels, tilted so that gravity and the consistency of the paint determine the final composition; dizzying vertical lines pool and merge at the base of his paintings.
His work is held in major museum and gallery collections all over the world including Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Dallas Museum of Art, Texas.
Ian Davenport’s work is being displayed until Wednesday 16th October and trust us… you don’t want to miss it!
Where? Flannels, Academy House, 161-167 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2JP