From biology student, to owning and running a creative agency in London and evolving into a successful artist, life has taken Jon Davenport on a rewarding and unconventional journey. Read more about him here…
Growing up in Ipswich, UK, Jon was always an avid drawer, and could often be found with a pencil and paper in hand. With the arrival of his first computer, he embraced the new frontier of digital art, and had work published in one of those early computer magazines. The stage was set!
His creative urges took a backseat to getting a biology degree at Brunel University in London. It was afterwards, in his first job working at Archant newspaper group in Ipswich, that he quickly progressed from plate maker to becoming an integral member of the art studio. It was during this time that he taught himself photoshop, desktop publishing and graphic & web design.
After a few years he setup a design agency, and eventually went full time and moved to London. This proved to be a successful move, working for a number of clients such as Nike and Virgin, and gaining praise from the likes of Richard Branson and Tony Blair.
It wasn’t until Jon moved to the USA to marry his wife, Atlanta artist Christy Kinard, that he began indulging his pure creative urges, with her constant encouragement. Thanks to all the previous twists and turns, as well as embracing a new found love for photography and the paintbrush, it was only then that he could truly begin to create artworks that he was proud of.
2016 American Dream at Kobalt Gallery – Provincetown MA
2015 Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
2014 Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
2018 Kaleidoscope Explosion at DK Gallery – Marietta GA
2017 Husband and Wife Show at Shain Gallery – Charlotte NC
2017 The Boyz of DK Gallery – Marietta GA
2016 Gallery 1401 – Chattanooga TN
2014 Shain Gallery – Charlotte NC
2014 Anniversary Show at Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
2014 Way to the the Beach Show at Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
2014 Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
2013 Matre Gallery – Atlanta GA
Lives and works in Lookout Mountain, TN
2004 – Present day
Artist, Illustrator and Freelance creative, working on art, advertising, print and web contracts in UK and USA
1999 – 2004 Creative director, Round Window Ltd, London, UK
Creative director/owner of a small international design consultancy, providing fresh, idea-driven solutions for magazines, brochures, corporate identities and branding, as well as web and multimedia projects.
1996-1999 – Graphic Designer, Art studio Archant Ltd, Ipswich, UK
Graphic designer, working in the in-house art studio of a magazine and newspaper group.
1994 – 1996 – Production assistant, Art studio Archant Ltd, Ipswich, UK
Pre-press department, Archant Ltd, Ipswich, UK
1990-1994 – Brunel University, London, UK
Bachelor of Science, Honours degree, Biology
Four year sandwich course in Biology. In addition to academic studies It involved three work placements in the industry:
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge 1993: Research assistant working creating an in vitro model of the gastro intestinal tract.
Harris Ltd, Ipswich 1992: Testing food products for any microbial presence.
Westminster Hospital, London 1991: Assisting with research on creating a urine test for the presence of malignant melanomas.