Tony Bevan RA was born in Yorkshire in 1951 and studied at the Bradford School of Art, Goldsmith’s College and the Slade School of Fine Art. Bevan began exhibiting his work in the 1970s and has since shown his art in prestigious galleries in London, Munich, Paris, New York, California and Seoul. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London as an Academician in 2007. Bevan’s work has been acquired for collections across the globe, including those of the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Academy, the Tate and the Yale University’s Art Gallery. Bevan’s Self Portrait Neck was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2016.
Bevan’s work is characterised by signature red lines imbued with great psychological intensity. His chosen subjects are often figures on the margins of society depicted through a limited colour palette and thick jagged lines. In 1992, art critic David Cohen lauded one of Bevan’s self-portraits as a ‘cross between Lucian Freud and Dennis the Menace... arousing associations of delinquency and social unrest.’ Bevan cites his influences as the New Objectivity Artists, Francis Bacon and the impermanence of street graffiti.
In Self Portrait Neck, Bevan moves from depicting marginalised members of society to painting himself. Bevan’s form is articulated through his signature jagged, red, acrylic lines, almost alive with their intensity.