* 1951 Bradford (England)
The painter Tony Bevan is one of the most important representatives of contemporary figurative art in England.
Tony Bevan was born in the English town of Bradford in 1951. Tony Bevan had his first education at Bradford School of Art (1968-1971), before he transferred to the London Goldsmiths College (1971-1974). Between 1974 and 1976 Tony Bevan completed his education with another two years at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Tony Bevan focussed on the human figure from the beginning on. His early works are characterized by a deep psychological pervasion and a powerful coloring. In the course of the 1980s his popularity increased. From those days on Tony Bevan showed a more refined approach to the human figure by creating both subtle and yet strong and expressive portrait series. The characteristic strong emphasis of interior contours makes for confusing distancing effects.
To the psychological portraits, calling reminiscence of Francis Bacon they have also been mentioned in one breath with Edvard Munch, Tony Bevan added architecture scenes in the 1990s. Recently Tony Bevan has also been occupied with graphic art.
Since the 1980s Tony Bevan counts among the big names of figurative painting in England. Numerous exhibitions have also made him popular in the U.S.A. and in Germany. In 2007 Tony Bevan was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His works are in possession of renowned international collections, amongst them the Bavarian State Picture Collection in Munich, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Kunsthalle Kiel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the London Tate Gallery. Tony Bevan lives and works in London.