Category Archives: Paintings

Ian Davenport

Ian Davenport is an English abstract painter using bright colors as a pivotal part of his work.  He studied art at Northwich College of Art and Design and at Goldsmith College. Using high gloss paint the artist pours paint onto a tilted surface and lets gravity spread the paint over the surface. He has experimented with different application methods to create his art.  On an article in the Guardian he says this about his paintings:  

“Lots of different things inform my choice of colours. Sometimes it’s purely intuitive, putting colours together and seeing how they look. At other times I might lift a palette from an old painting, or, as I recently did, from the opening sequence of The Simpsons.”

“I feel like I have discovered a language that I can now play around with. I never set out to create this style of work though. And that’s the great thing about art – you’re never too sure where you’re going to end up. It really is a personal journey.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ian Davenport.

Rana Balca Ülker

Couldn’t find too much information on embroidery artist, Rana Balca Ülker, but we admired her work so much that we had to share. The Istanbul-based talent has a degree in fashion and textile art.  She combines her acrylic paintings with embroidery and conveys a portrait imbued with deep expression and feelings.  Flowers and foliage are repeated images in many of her paintings.  She also created a series that focuses very powerfully on the eyes.  

The artist can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Rana Balca Ülker.

Alex Katz

We had previously posted other works by Alex Katz but this time we have focused on his floral paintings. Alex Katz trained in modern art theories and techniques at The Cooper Union in Manhattan.  He was encouraged to paint from life and the practice remained a staple of his process. His works has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally.  The following quotes give you an insight into the artist:  

“Sometimes it takes me days or weeks to get something clear in my head on what I want to do. Everything is in steps. One thing leads to another.” 

“Realist painting has to do with leaving out a lot of detail. I think my painting can be a little shocking in all that it leaves out. But what happens is that the mind fills in what’s missing… Painting is a way of making you see what I saw.”

“I like to make an image that is so simple you can’t avoid it, and so complicated you can’t figure it out.”


You can follow the artist here on his website.

Images:  Courtesy of Alex Katz.