Tony Bevan(1951-), Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist of 4 portraits
Born in Bradford and based in London, Bevan graduated from the Slade School in 1976. His first solo exhibition was held that year, and was followed by retrospectives at the ICA (1988), Whitechapel Gallery (1993) and Milton Keynes Gallery (2003). Rooted in the European expressionist tradition, Bevan belongs to the second generation of School of London artists and has continued the figurative legacy of Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. His figurative paintings in acrylic, charcoal and pigment often show large human heads from awkward angles and are sometimes described as 'psychological portraits'. He was elected an RA in 2007 and is widely regarded as one of the leading figurative painters of his generation.
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