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The 2018 Bryan Evans Calendar is now available

Bryan Evans’s 2018 wall calendar is now available. The calendar is A3 (29.7 x 42 cm) in size. Calendars are £15 each, and UK postage is £5 for any quantity.
If you’d like to buy a calendar, please use the paypal link below.
If you’re outside the UK, please email daibry2000@yahoo.co.uk to find out postage costs before making an order.



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Bryan Evans

Born in Pembrokeshire, West Wales in 1964, Bryan Evans has been based in Glasgow, Scotland, since 1988. He specialises in paintings & prints of Glasgow, Edinburgh and other Scottish towns & cities.

He is predominantly a watercolour painter and also produces etchings and mezzotints, as well as a range of reproduction prints. His watercolours and prints have achieved widespread recognition in Scotland, and he was once memorably hailed in the Glasgow Herald as the “New Scottish Impressionist”.

You can contact Bryan at daibry2000@yahoo.co.uk

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Commission ?

This painting was painted as a commission but probably serves , more than anything else as a warning against commissioning me to do a painting . It’s a depiction of the client’s house on the Southside of Glasgow and I was first asked to do it in early 2016 .

I should first say that I usually only undertake commissions if the works are very similar to other pieces I’ve done and not too specific . Generally speaking I work on the basis that , if the client doesn’t like the painting , it would work okay alongside my other work anyhow. For this reason I rarely do paintings of specific houses . The customer seemed very keen though , so ,after much prevarication , I cycled out , on a lovely day in the Summer of 2016 to see the house . It had potential as a subject , but I don’t really do sunny paintings so I had to visit again on a wet autumn evening . After many false starts I was on the verge of getting in touch with the client to tell them I really couldn’t do the painting . I’m pretty sure they’d virtually given up hope by this point anyhow , but about two months ago I decided to go for it with one last attempt and managed to get the painting started and finished in a few weeks . This all probably sound quite pathetic , but the way I normally work is to have up to a dozen or more paintings on the go at any one time in my studio . I work on , and complete any piece I feel like working on , as and when I feel like doing so . Some have remained uncompleted for years . Having a specific painting which need finishing at a particular time seems to act as a psychological barrier against finishing it . I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a field day with me , but I subscribe to the late , great Douglas Adams’ view of deadlines . ‘ I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by

Anyhow the very patient customers finally collected the painting last week and were very happy with it . Phew !

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The Artist Collection

I currently have these six paintings on exhibition at the Patchings Art Centre in Calverton , just outside Nottingham . It’s part of the Artist magazine’s , ‘Artist Collection’ exhibition. I was fortunate enough to win a prize in the magazine’s open competition last year and being represented in this show is part of the prize . If anyone’s in the East Midlands area it’s well worth a look ( and not just for my paintings ) .

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Calendar 2018

The Bryan Evans 2018 calendar is now available to buy by clicking on the link at the top of this page . This is a taster of all the images .

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Andrea

A portrait study in acrylic that I finished ( or at least abandoned , yesterday )

Andrea

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Demonstration

This is one of a number of my ‘close’ paintings I’ve worked on in demonstrations for local arts groups . I do a handful of demonstrations a year and in the last few weeks I’ve done a couple , for Helensburgh and Fairlie arts clubs . On these evenings I usually work on a few paintings but never get around to completing any . So , for any members of the clubs who attended the demos , here it is finished.

‘Magenta Arch ‘

Magenta Arch

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A Pensive Andrea

I’ve been doing quite a lot of drawing from life recently . This is a portrait study I finished recently of a thoughtful looking Andrea . It’s done in Derwent drawing pencils with a touch of gouache and is actually a little larger than life size .

A pensive Andrea

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Waiting ?

The evolution of a painting is strange and unpredictable . Some go smoothly and are started and finished in days , or even , very occasionally , hours , while others linger on the easel or drawing board for years . Some are never completed and are abandoned to the ‘could have been’ pile .
I’ve been working on this painting for years – I can’t remember how many but I’d guess around 8-10 but it might be more . It’s in acrylic ( it’s 96 x 50 cm in size ) and is on canvas . This is pretty rare for me . Virtually all my acrylics are on paper or board . Anyhow , for some reason all those years ago I chose canvas . The subject is one I’d used in a few watercolours as I enjoyed the curving sweep of the stairway and decided to have a murky figure lurking in the shadows , staring out of the window . ‘What are they looking at ? I’ll leave that you the dubious imaginations of the viewer .
Over the years I’ve poked and prodded , glazed scratched , dribbled , splattered and scumbled it . I’ve sometimes felt it finally finished , before deciding to dabble a bit more . It’s often been left aside for months and even years , while I work on other things , always with the belief that it still has potential and is worth struggling on with . I hate to think how many hours have been spent on it , but certainly many days and probably weeks .
One of the major dilemmas for a painter is to work out when a piece is finished . I’ve come up with my own aphorism for this . A painting is ‘finished ‘ when it’s not as good as it just was …. and isn’t going to get any better . I think that I’ve finally reached that point with this one , so it’s time to abandon it and move on . Another pertinent phrase at this point might be – ‘ A painting is never finished – it’s merely abandoned ‘ . This has been probably the longest gestation period for any painting of mine and it’ll probably be quite a time before I’ll be able to observe it with fresh eyes and work out if all the effort was worth it
. As it took so long to paint I thought I’d choose an appropriate title .       ‘On the Stairs … Waiting ‘

On the Stairs .. Waiting

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Glasgow University Commission

This watercolour , ‘Towards the University’ was painted as a commission . I don’t do many commissions and when I do I only really attempt ones that are variations of images I’ve done before . I’ve painted Glasgow University many , many times , so this certainly qualifies . Anyhow , hopefully the client will be happy with the painting and it’ll be winging its way to them very soon .

Towards the University

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery

A watercolour of Glasgow’s famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and museum at dusk , as seen from the nearby bridge over the River Kelvin

The Evening Lights of Kelvingrove

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