Born in Bradford, Bevan graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1976. His first solo exhibition was held that year and was followed by significant UK 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'. Bevan was elected an RA in 2007.The depiction of the human figure is a major theme in Tony Bevan's work and this painting marks the culmination of a series of self-portraits from the early 1990s. Rendered in oil paint and pigment, the flesh has a characteristic rawness, suggesting wounding and bruising, influenced by the portraits of Francis Bacon.
Where to see this painting?
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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