TONY BEVAN: New Paintings

25 September - 14 November 2008
25 Sep - 14 Nov 2008 London

Ben Brown Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Tony Bevan, one of Britain's leading figurative painters. The exhibition will feature a selection of his works from the various themes Bevan has investigated over the past three decades including the human head, architectural interiors and more recently, landscapes that have been inspired by a trip to China. Bevan has been at the forefront of British visual arts for almost thirty years. His work is spectacularly daunting through the dramatic lines he creates with charcoal and paint.  Simplicity and composition provide a unique perspective that portrays magnificence in Bevan's authorship, narrative and vision.

 

Bevan concentrates on specific subjects investigating the lengths to which subjectivity can be pushed to abstraction. The underlying existentialism of this work recalls the paintings of Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch, embodying states of anxiety and despair. Bevan strips his images to a bare minimum where the rawness and directness of his work can evoke a sense of alienation.

 

Bevan developed his portraiture throughout the 1980s and 90s, often working in series on individual subjects. His 'Heads' emphasize of the unique structuring of the human body. They are often presented as floating, not to dislocate, but to remind the viewer of the all encompassing nature of the mind.