Tony Bevan: Self-Portraits

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Paul Moorhouse

Tony Bevan Self-Portraits is the first publication to focus on the artist’s continuing practice of self-portraiture. Featuring over thirty works, the book is published to accompany a display at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from March to November 2011, which forms part of a larger series that showcases the work of contemporary artists with an innovative approach to portraiture.


Born in 1951, Tony Bevan is celebrated for his distinctive approach to portraiture. Unlike other artists, Bevan is not concerned with the faithful recording of appearance or with portraiture as a means of self-expression. Instead, he has developed a form of selfportraiture that uses his appearance as a site from which he can explore his thoughts, focussing on the interpretation his physical and psychological presence.

Including 30 illustrations, this book charts Bevan’s self-portraiture, from his characteristic ‘half-and-half’ paintings of the early 1980s to the his latest series of autoscopic self-portraits based on the highly expressive ‘Character Heads’ of the eighteenth-century sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

Author Paul Moorhouse, Curator of Twentieth-Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, explores the development of Bevan’s work, discussing the themes behind his unique approach to self-portraiture.


Paul Moorhouse is Curator of Twentieth-Century Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Recent publications include Bridget Riley: From Life (2010), Gerhard Richter Portraits: Painting Appearances (2009) and Pop Art Portraits (2007).

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Tony Bevan

Pub. date: March 2011
Price: £25
ISBN: 978 1 85514 447 7
Format: 300 x 220mm
Extent: 64 pages
Illustrations: 30 colour
Binding: Hardback
Category: Contemporary Art

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