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David Evans (1929–1988):
Unmounted (ref: 8056)
(34 x 50 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
Literature: "David Evans (1929-1988)", edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9930884-6-9
Early in his career Evans showed photo-montages at fashionable London restaurants such as 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. Until recently Evans early work remained unrecorded - its rediscovery allows for a fuller understanding of his development as an artist. Stylistically his mixed media landscapes bridge Evans earlier photo montage with the the larger scale watercolours of the 1970's for which he became well known through a series of Solo exhibitions at The Redfern Gallery, (from 1979-1988).
Evans was an ardent campaigner and environmentalist. His landscapes mirror a country-side in flux, moving from traditional small holdings to the large open fields created by modern farming methods. His compositions are often unpopulated - alternatively they are occupied variously by farmers, soldiers, workmen, and the occasional rambler.
When in his native Suffolk, activities around Potash Farm (where he lived from 1969 onwards), provided a wealth of subjects: Potash Garden (1978); Cabbage Pickers (1981-20; Flower Garden (1981-2); The Allotment (1986); Crown Imperial (1988); Geraniums (1981-2); Gladioli, Daffodils (1986); Irises; Apples (1986); Pumpkins (1986);The Marrow Family; Cabbages; Cows Come Home (1981); Friesians; Cows XII; Piglets; Seagulls; Tour d’Anglia; Suffolk Scrap; Ruralia Mddx; Wessex; Suffolk Landscape (1979); Ipswich.