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 has had solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (1999), Tate Liverpool (2000) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004). Recently he has shown extensively worldwide including: Galerie Hopkins, Paris; Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul, Korea.
He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991 and in 1999 he was a prize winner in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.
In 2003, Davenport produced a wall painting for the Tate Triennial and he was commissioned by Southwark Council and Land Securities to produce Poured Lines: Southwark Street, a 48 metre long painting, as part of the regeneration of Bankside, which was completed in 2006.