Ian Davenport Creates Hand-Painted Plates at Meissen in Support of the SLG's Education Programme
British abstract painter, Ian Davenport, known for his bold use of colour and unconventional painting processes, has created a series of hand-painted plates with the leading porcelain manufacturer Meissen. The plates, in a limited edition of 26 but each one of which is unique, are being made for the SLG Council, a group of art philanthropists who support the South London Gallery’s award-winning education programmes.
Each year SLG Council members receive a limited-edition artist plate produced exclusively for the SLG by Meissen. Gary Hume produced a single design for the first plate in the series, but this year Davenport took up a short residency at the Meissen headquarters in Saxony, Germany. He worked alongside the company’s porcelain experts to continue Meissen’s historic traditions of hand painting on porcelain, but also to experiment with new techniques, and particularly that of pouring lines of paint onto the porcelain. Davenport was the youngest ever Turner Prize nominee in 1991 and over the past 25 years has continued to be recognised for his particular approach to using household paint poured into arches, circles, puddles and lines. The plates produced with Meissen are a further development of those techniques to create 26 unique, hand painted plates, each one measuring 35.7cm in diameter and initialled by the artist on the reverse.
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