Born 1966, Sidcup, Kent, England.
Ian Davenport trained at Northwich College of Art and Design from 1984-85 and then at Goldsmith's College of Art in London from 1985-88.
His work was included in the group exhibitions showcasing new talent, Young Contemporaries in 1985 and the British Art Show in 1990 which toured to Leeds City Art Gallery and the Hayward Gallery, London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991 and in 1999 he was a prize winner in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.
He had solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (1999), Tate Liverpool (2000) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004). Between 2008 and 2018 international solo shows of Davenport's work have been mounted in Amsterdam, Paris, Seoul, New York, Singapore, Rome, Sao Paulo, Brussels, Zurich, Milan, Dubai and Dallas.
In 2003, Davenport produced a wall painting for the Tate Triennial and was subsequently commissioned to create ‘Everything’ for Warwick University, which was completed in 2004. The following year a commission was received from Southwark Council in London for a work as part of the regeneration of Bankside, this was ‘Poured Lines: Southwark Street’, a 48 metre long mural using enamel pigments on steel plates completed in 2006. Other public art works include: ‘Arty Wenlock’ in 2012, one of the art commissions for the London Olympics, installed on the concourse between the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern; ‘Colourcade HANA 2014’ at the HANA Building, Singapore and ‘Giardini Colourfall’ for the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.