Tony Bevan


Opening this weekend at L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California is an exhibition of recent paintings and other works on paper by British artist Tony Bevan. For this series the artist has returned to the subject matter of heads and architectural structures, both of which are rendered with a crude application of acrylic paint and pure pigments, evoking a refined yet primitive surface. Formally, Bevan’s painting read much like drawings, being composed of think lines of charcoal mixed with paint applied using a brush which has been reduced to a stump. This process thereby eliminates any sense of the paint’s liquid properties, and allows the work to embody strong physical characteristics and richly dense textures. Bevan studied painting and sculpture at Bradford School of Art in the UK and later at Goldsmiths’ College and the Slade School of Fine Art. The artist began experimenting with the mediums of film, video and installation while cultivating his painting and sculpture. Bevan has exhibited world-wide with museum exhibitions at the ICA in London, the Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst Haus der Kunst, Munich, and a major retrospective was presented by the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (IVAM) in Valencia, Spain in 2005. This year Bevan had the honor of becoming a Royal Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.