This wall painting was commissioned for the new building of the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics in March 2004.
It is by the 38 year old artist Ian Davenport whose paintings have consistently addressed ideas about colour. His work combines carefully devised systems, such as the effect of one colour on another and elements of chance such as the route taken by poured paint.
The painting is part of the Contemporary Art Society Special Collections Scheme, funded by the Lottery of Arts Council England, that seeks to place contemporary works of art in regional museums and galleries across England.
We hope you like this painting. It helps to define the space in which it sits but it also adds interest in the way it appears to change as the light moves across it. In the morning, the work is dominated by the yellow stripes. In the afternoon, the pinks and purples start to come through more.