Tony Bevan

Tony Bevan’s large, bold paintings have an undeniable physicality. Their scale is imposing, sometimes larger than the viewer. There is a sense that the paintings can be entered or are separate environments that could be inhabited. The raw brush marks remain on the canvas as traces of the act of painting. Smudges of charcoal remind the viewer that these are objects made by the artists’ hand.

Architecture is a key aspect of Bevan’s paintings. The perspectival structures, overlapping lines like metal beams in a roof, appear throughout his work. In the self-portraits and studies of furniture, the lines constitute the body of the forms. The interior of a head is a dense interweaving of strong and heavy brush strokes. These lines create patterns and spaces that capture and entice the viewer. The shapes created in the lines act as passages for the viewer to look in to and look through.

Over a period of thirty years, Tony Bevan has established himself as one of the foremost contemporary British painters. In the tradition of the School of London, Bevan creates strong, expressive paintings that have a similar intensity to the work of Auerbach, Kossoff and Bacon. His work negotiates the middle ground between abstraction and figuration, creating a distinctive style.

Bevan has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Poland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel and America. He has developed a significant reputation, with both critical and commercial success. He has been included in the Aperto section of the Venice Biennale and has held a major solo exhibition at the prestigious Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. It is a rare privilege to have access to these works in Australia, his only previous Australian exhibition being the 1984 Sydney Biennale.

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Tony Bevan, Tree PC1211, 2012, acrylic and charcoal on canvas 168 x 258cm, 15495

Tree PC1211, 2012
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
168 x 258cm
15495

Selected Stock

Tony Bevan
PC077 (Head)
acrylic, pigments and charcoal on canvas
90 x 71cm
16774V

Tony Bevan
Stones PC0813, 2008
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
170.8 x 163.2cm
15490

Tony Bevan
Back of Buddha's Head PC096, 2009
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
155.5 x 211.5cm
15492

Tony Bevan
Still Life Horizon PC0916, 2009
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
150.5 x 160cm
15493

Tony Bevan
Tree PC1212, 2012
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
130.8 x 165.7cm
15498

This is a selection only, for further information contact the gallery.