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David Evans (1929–1988):
Portrait of a friend, circa 1970
Unmounted (ref: 8246)
8 5/8 x 7 1/8 in. (22 x 18 cm)
Provenance: The Artist's Studio
In Evans' paintings there are clear generational influences, from Keith Vaughan (1912-1977), by whom Evans was taught, to Peter Blake (b.1932), David Hockney (b.1937), Alan Reynolds (1926-2014), Lucian Freud (1922-2011), Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Graham Sutherland (1903-1980), Edward Burra and Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005).
Music was a lifelong passion for Evans, both classical and pop, which he explored through the record shop he ran in London and attending concerts, especially to see Pete Gage perform. Titles including, Al Ziggy and Trev (1980), Buskers (1979); To the strains of piped Grieg; Choral Symphony (1981-2); Music Underground (1981-2); “Devil’s Trill” Sonata; Grosse Nachtmusik. Evans frequently alluded to the similarities between art and music and each of his works was given an Opus number.