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Evans, David

(1929 – 1988)

8 Portraits

SKU: 8159
Gouache
31 1/2 x 43 1/4 in. (80 x 110 cm)
Size:
Height: 80cm
Width: 110cm

DETAILS

Provenance:
The Artist’s Studio
Presentation:
folio

DESCRIPTION

In Evans’ paintings there are clear generational influences, from Keith Vaughan (1912-1977), by whom Evans was taught, to Peter Blake (b.1932), David Hockney (b.1937), Alan Reynolds (1926-2014), Lucian  Freud  (1922-2011),  Francis  Bacon  (1909-1992),  Graham  Sutherland  (1903-1980), Edward Burra and  Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005). 
Evans frequently produced studies in a series giving clear instructions (to The Redfern Gallery) to present them as a single group: By the way the one with four heads in should be mounted as one with windows cut in the mount, (we had a similar one at McMurrays and it did look splendid) (Friday, date).  Record sleeves might have provided Evans with some of the inspiration for these.  Music was a lifelong passion for Evans, both classical and pop, which he explored through the record shop he ran in London and attending concerts, especially to see Pete Gage perform. Titles including, Al Ziggy and Trev (1980), Buskers (1979); To the strains of piped Grieg; Choral Symphony (1981-2); Music Underground (1981-2); ‚ÄúDevil’s Trill‚Äù Sonata; Grosse Nachtmusik. Evans frequently alluded to the similarities between art and music and each of his works was given an Opus number.
Many of his subjects evolve around days out: Reptile House (1979); Aquarium; The Natural History Museum (1978); Figures on a beach and sporting activities: Cricketers (1981) Pool Players (1981-2); Rugby; Skaters (1979); Gymnasts; Bike Rally. Spectacles were a favourite subject: Stadium Crowd (1988); Theatre Audience (1980); Night at the Opera; First Floor Foyer; Live at the New Roxy (1978); Live at the New Tree; The Great Corelli; Tracy’s Disco-Bar (1979); The Crystal Room (1980); Madam Noys; Street Theatre; Horror Film (1988). Fun fairs were the subject of at least three compositions: Dodgems (1976), New Improved Ghost Train (1981-2); Fundrome (1979)Nocturnal scenes were also favourite subjects: Night Flight; Night Landscape II (1979); Nocturnal (1979); Fireworks(1988); City Lights. Evans rejoiced especially in painting an often exclusively male milieu: Men’s Hairdressing (1979); Turkish Baths (1981-82); Club Night II (1988).CAT. 24 ‚Äì Life Drawing Class, pen & ink on paper, 22 x 29 ¬Ω in. (56 x 75 cm).
 
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THE ARTIST

Evans, David

1929 – 1988

The highly distinctive large scale watercolours of David Evans  have  much in common with those of Edward Burra, who, twenty four years his senior and much admired by Evans, was clearly an important influence.  Painting the landscape of his native Suffolk, where he settled (near Woodbridge) in 1969, his brightly coloured compositions, which typically measure 30 x 50 inches, fused his local habitat with vivid fantasies inspired by imagery from contemporary life.

He was a ardent campaigner and environmentalist and the effects of pollution in the form  of landfill, industrial plants and roads encroaching into his landscape are regular motifs.  He was also drawn to metropolitan subjects – rock bands, cafeterias, excursions to museums and days out to the beach.

Born in London. he studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts with Keith Vaughan. Early in his career he showed photomontages at Gallery One and gained several commissions; these included a design for the Hollywood Room in the Observer Film Exhibition, 1956, and a mural for the Soup Kitchen, Knightsbridge.  His characteristic large-scale watercolours and gouaches date from 1967 onwards.  They were first shown in public in 1973, when his work was included in a mixed show at Deben Gallery, Woodbridge. In 1975 his work was included in summer show at Redfern Gallery, which resulted in a series of highly successful solo exhibitions at Redfern in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986 and a memorial show in 1988. He also had one-man shows at McMur­ray Gallery from 1976-8. In 1981 he was the subject of an Anglia ITV folio documentary. In his pre-1970 London years David ran his own specialist classical record shop in the Brompton Road, and in spite of his later success, he worked in his final years as a porter at a local psychiatric hospital.  In the winter months he often found it hard to paint because the light conditions were too dull. He died at the age of 59 in a road accident. A memorial exhibition was held at Redfern in 1988.

The recent discovery of a unique group of pictures by Evans, which remained in his studio, unseen for several decades,  has allowed the opportunity to curate the first ever full retrospective, (to take place in 2017).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 240 page book, reproducing for the first time over 100 works spanning his entire career.  The introduction will be written by the musician Pete Gage, a friend of Evans best known as the  vocalist from the pop group Dr Feelgood.

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David Evans
Night Birds
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David Evans
Portrait of a Cat I
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David Evans
A Family Gathering, circa 1965
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David Evans
The Dream, late 1960’s
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David Evans
Tower of Babel,1982
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David Evans
At the Beach (Shingle Street)
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David Evans
Suffolk Landscpae
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David Evans
Through the Shop Window
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David Evans
8 Portraits
David Evans
Cornfields
£1,700.00
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David Evans
Medieval cityscape
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David Evans
At the Plaza
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David Evans
View from the Top
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David Evans
Amusement Park
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David Evans
View from the Top
David Evans
Peak range, 1979
£1,600.00
David Evans
Still-life with vegetables, mid 1970’s
£2,850.00
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Driving Past the Electricity Pylons
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Cosmos VIII, late 1960’s
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David Evans
A Modern Burial Ground
David Evans
Ritual
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David Evans
Flowers in the Garden
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David Evans
Poppy landscape
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David Evans
Six Studies
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David Evans
Potholling
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David Evans
The Rose-coloured City, circa 1980
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The Evening Watch
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The Angel of Mars
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David Evans
Landfill
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David Evans
Cloth of Tin
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David Evans
The Club, 1975
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David Evans
Construction
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Exploiting the Planet, circa 1980
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The Boulevard, 1970
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David Evans
Pot au Fer (British Steel)
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David Evans
Motorway
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Submer (Underwater World)
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4 Hills Viaduct
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Air Escape, 1970
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War in the Air
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David Evans
Subway
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Up in the Air
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David Evans
Cathedral
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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
£2,000.00
David Evans
The Open Door, circa 1950
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David Evans
The 457
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David Evans
A smoke
David Evans
A Day Trip
£2,000.00
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An Evening Out; (The Magic Circle), 1960
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David Evans
Landscape, circa 1950
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David Evans
Star-Gazing
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David Evans
Orpheus, 1931
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David Evans
The Bouquet, 1965
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David Evans
Pastry Shop
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Room with a View
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David Evans
The Concert Singer
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Rock Band, circa 1970
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Cafeteria, 1975
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David Evans
Gertrudes Pencil, circa 1978

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