We are delighted to welcome Bob Davenport, a very talented artist of some note, to The Wallington Gallery.
Born in Whalley, Lancashire in 1963 Bob has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield College of Art (Sheffield Polytechnic).
"I walk the Border hills, woods and down by the Tweed – this is the landscape that inspires my work. The people, cattle and architecture are rendered in soft pastel drawings and acrylic paintings. Sometimes the art verges on abstraction, but the Borders is always at the heart".
As with most artists I like to move between different styles, mediums and techniques, from 240cm by 120cm abstracts with paint thrown, splashed and applied with a plasterer’s trowel to portraits, landscapes and architecture, requiring delicacy and control.
Making a mark, whether thrown from a bucket ten feet away or a gentle touch of chalk pastel, a mark that says something of the world I am experiencing.
Coincidences – my father’s death and viewing a beautiful lochan from above – turned my abstracts black for a while, part landscape, part mood.
I like violent contrasts, snow, sunrise, storm – it is what makes Scotland such a special place to live and work, to make paintings that don’t hold any punches.
The other side of my work, the chalk pastel drawings are on the one hand about appealing to another audience, who are maybe frightened off by the abstracts, but on the other hand are about a desire for description, accuracy and control. The landscape drawings are inspired by the different times of the year, weather conditions and mood. The portrait work, drawing out a personality and character, is a very different challenge, and I intend to keep both approaches going simultaneously.
Born in Whalley, Lancashire in 1963 I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield College of Art (Sheffield Polytechnic).
Between 1989 and 2004 I was based in Brighton and during this time exhibited in the following venues:
- Ariel Gallery, New York
- Brighton Marina Arts Index Gallery
- The Crinan Gallery, Brighton Marina
- Fairfields Hall, Croydon
- London Art Fair
- Art Wave, Crypt Gallery, Seaford
- Grange Gallery, Rottingdean
- Sussex Arts Club, Brighton
- Risby Butler Interiors, Hove
- Grange Gallery, Rottingdean
- O. Gallery Brighton
Since 2004 I have lived in Melrose in the Scottish Borders and have exhibited in a range of venues including:
- Flat Cat Gallery, Lauder
- Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
- Cairn Gallery, Peebles
- Art Worker, Galashiels
- Old Melrose Furniture Studio
- Abbey Art Gallery, Melrose
- Buy Design Gallery, Harestanes, Jedburgh
- The Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh
- Tweed Art Gallery, Peebles
- Marmions Bistro, Melrose
- The Town House, Melrose
- Borders Art Fair 2015
- Paxton House - May 2015
- Art et Facts Gallery, Edinburgh July 2015
- 2015 - Burts Hotel, Melrose
- Tony-Huggins Hague Gallery, Kelso 2016
- Flat Cat Gallery Xmas Show 2016
- Apples for Jam Gallery, Melrose
- The Gallery, Melrose
- Merlin Academy of Traditional Music
- Pop up shop – Annay Road Melrose 2014-15