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David Evans (1929–1988)

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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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Artist David Evans: Red Anemone
David Evans
Red Anemone  For sale
£975
Artist David Evans: Portrait of a young man
David Evans
Portrait of a young man  For sale
£600
Artist David Evans: Cosmos VI
David Evans
Cosmos VI  For sale
£800
Artist David Evans: Moon Face
David Evans
Moon Face  For sale
£650
Artist David Evans: Invitation II, circa 1960
David Evans
Invitation II, circa 1960  For sale
£630
Artist David Evans: The Reader
David Evans
The Reader  For sale
£675
Artist David Evans: Inner Landscape
David Evans
Inner Landscape  For sale
£800
Artist David Evans: Cosmos VIII, late 1960s
David Evans
Cosmos VIII, late 1960's  For sale
£975
Artist David Evans: A Modern Burial Ground
David Evans
A Modern Burial Ground  For sale
£1750
Artist David Evans: Nightclub interior, circa 1970
David Evans
Nightclub interior, circa 1970  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Der Freischütz, a design for Carl Maria von Webers opera which premiered in 1821.
David Evans
Der Freischütz  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Street scene
David Evans
Street scene  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Portrait of a friend, circa 1970
David Evans
Portrait of a friend, circa 1970  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Life Drawing Class
David Evans
Life Drawing Class  For sale 
Artist David Evans: View from the Top
David Evans
View from the Top  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Peak range, 1979
David Evans
Peak range, 1979  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Ritual
David Evans
Ritual  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Landscape collage
David Evans
Landscape collage  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Room with a View
David Evans
Room with a View  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Rock Band, circa 1970
David Evans
Rock Band, circa 1970  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Cafeteria, 1975
David Evans
Cafeteria, 1975  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Butterflies
David Evans
Butterflies  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The Dream
David Evans
The Dream  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: A Family Gathering
David Evans
A Family Gathering  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: View from the Top
David Evans
View from the Top  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Amusement Park
David Evans
Amusement Park  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Driving Past the Electricity Pylons
David Evans
Driving Past the Electricity Pylons  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Six Studies
David Evans
Six Studies  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Potholling
David Evans
Potholling  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Quarter Deck
David Evans
Quarter Deck  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The Evening Watch
David Evans
The Evening Watch  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Angel
David Evans
Angel  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Cloth of Tin
David Evans
Cloth of Tin  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Exploiting the Planet
David Evans
Exploiting the Planet  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Submer (Underwater World)
David Evans
Submer (Underwater World)  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Pot au Fer (British Steel)
David Evans
Pot au Fer (British Steel)  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: War in the Air
David Evans
War in the Air  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Air Escape
David Evans
Air Escape  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Up in the Air
David Evans
Up in the Air  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The Sailor
David Evans
The Sailor  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The Open Door
David Evans
The Open Door  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Its Raining, Its Pouring
David Evans
It's Raining, It's Pouring  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: An Evening Out; (The Magic Circle)
David Evans
An Evening Out; (The Magic Circle)  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: A Day Trip
David Evans
A Day Trip  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The 457
David Evans
The 457  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Landscape
David Evans
Landscape  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Pastry Shop
David Evans
Pastry Shop  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: The Bouquet, 1965
David Evans
The Bouquet, 1965  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Orpheus, 1931
David Evans
Orpheus, 1931  Privately held 
Artist David Evans: Bullfight
David Evans
Bullfight  Privately held 
Artist David Evans:
David Evans
Artist David Evans: Night Birds
David Evans
Night Birds  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Poultry in the Garden
David Evans
Poultry in the Garden  For sale 
Artist David Evans: At the Beach (Shingle Street)
David Evans
At the Beach (Shingle Street)  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Through the Shop Window
David Evans
Through the Shop Window  For sale 
Artist David Evans: At the Plaza
David Evans
At the Plaza  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Medieval cityscape
David Evans
Medieval cityscape  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Portrait of a Cat
David Evans
Portrait of a Cat  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Poppy landscape
David Evans
Poppy landscape  For sale 
Artist David Evans: The Rose-coloured City
David Evans
The Rose-coloured City  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Landfill
David Evans
Landfill  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Construction
David Evans
Construction  For sale 
Artist David Evans: 4 Hills Viaduct
David Evans
4 Hills Viaduct  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Motorway
David Evans
Motorway  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Subway
David Evans
Subway  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Mecca Dancing
David Evans
Mecca Dancing  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Cathedral
David Evans
Cathedral  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Albert Hall
David Evans
Albert Hall  For sale 
Artist David Evans: A smoke
David Evans
A smoke  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Star-Gazing
David Evans
Star-Gazing  For sale 
Artist David Evans: The Concert Singer
David Evans
The Concert Singer  For sale 
Artist David Evans: Cosmos II
David Evans
Cosmos II  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Bomber over Landscape
David Evans
Bomber over Landscape  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Bathers
David Evans
Bathers  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Study for Angel
David Evans
Study for Angel  Sold 
Artist David Evans: A Strange Beast
David Evans
A Strange Beast  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF)
David Evans
Supreme HQ Allied Expeditionary...  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Moon and Sun
David Evans
Moon and Sun  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Dereliction
David Evans
Dereliction  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Portrait of a Cat I
David Evans
Portrait of a Cat I  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Rolling hills with Altocumulus clouds above
David Evans
Rolling hills with Altocumulus...  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Flower Garden II 1981
David Evans
Flower Garden II 1981  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Land and Sky, 1970
David Evans
Land and Sky, 1970  Sold 
Artist David Evans: A Walk in the Country
David Evans
A Walk in the Country  Sold 
Artist David Evans: 8 Portraits
David Evans
8 Portraits  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Landscape with Starry Sky
David Evans
Landscape with Starry Sky  Sold 
Artist David Evans: The Snack Bar
David Evans
The Snack Bar  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Flower Garden I
David Evans
Flower Garden I  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Flowers in the Garden
David Evans
Flowers in the Garden  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Night Road
David Evans
Night Road  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Gertrude’s Pencil, circa 1978
David Evans
Gertrude’s Pencil, circa 1978  Sold 
Artist David Evans: Manoeuvres, circa 1980
David Evans
Manoeuvres, circa 1980  Sold