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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Emergency supplies

During the recent heavy snow many hardships and deprivations were endured by the citizens of Glasgow . Luckily , there were some hardy souls willing to brave the harsh weather to bring sustenance and refreshment to the suffering students of Glasgow’s West -End . I’ve attempted to record one of these selfless acts of bravery here . ( Any sponsorship from Tennent’s gratefully accepted ) .

Emergency Supplies


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I try and doing as much regular drawing from life as I can . This is an experiment in using stripes to define and conceal form . With thanks to Becky for being a very patient model .

Becky in stripes

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Glasgow Girl

This is a common sight throughout Glasgow as the weekend approaches . No point wasting a carrier bag as the bottle will be drained fairly soon .

Friday Night Tipple – Glasgow Girl

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Fotheringham Gallery Exhibition

I currently have a number of paintings on display in the Fotheringham gallery in Bridge of Allan as featured artist for February . This is the catalogue for the show but you can see more details at http://fotheringhamgallery.co.uk/artists/bryan-evans/

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The Male Gaze

I’ve always been intrigued by the notion of artist as voyeur . We artists intently observe the world around us and attempt to represent it in our work . I’ve also been interested since my college days in the way the female form has been used in western art throughout the centuries. There’s been a long history of male artists presenting the female nude for the delectation of the ( usually ) male viewer , often in the form of some myth or Biblical morality tale . Since the Renaissance , numerous bearded elders , randy gods , brave heroes and noble warriors have been depicted , ogling, molesting and assaulting helpless nubile maidens in paintings on the walls of Western grand houses and galleries . An extension of the theme has been the long tradition , continued up to the present day , of the nude, passive , female being observed , coquettish and winsome at her ‘toilet ‘ or in her master’s harem ( or similar ). The common thread of so many of these works is an implied female deference and acceptance of the male gaze .

Now , I’m a heterosexual male and enjoy looking at females as much as the next middle aged codger , but I hope , in my life studies that I portray my female models as believable , vibrant people , who sometimes happen to be naked , not as acquiescent , passive ,’ objects ‘ to be ogled .

In this painting I’ve attempted to explore some of these ruminations . I’ve experimented in it with the notion of the male gaze , by placing a self-portrait centre stage , making myself clearly complicit in any voyeurism , while also doffing my paint-splattered cap to the traditional theme of Venus at her mirror .

A quote exploring notions of nakedness and nudity from the late , great and much lamented John Berger might be a good way to round up my ramblings :

To be naked is to be oneself.
To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognised for oneself.”

The Male gaze – Self-portrait with Sorcha

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University Commission

‘University Steps’ . I usually go out of my way to avoid commissions and am terrible at completing them , but this is the third one I’ve managed to finish in about a month . Probably something of a record for me .I actually completed this one several weeks ago but I don’t like to share the images until the client had seen it first . Well , the painting has been collected and I think it was considered a success … so here it is for everyone else to see

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Oran Mor

‘ Dusk Lights at Oran Mor ‘ . A painting of one of the West-End of Glasgow’s finest drinking establishments and venues , the former Kelvinside Parish Church is now the spectacular and splendidly lit with its own halo , ‘Oran Mor ‘ . I finished this watercolour at the beginning of November but it was painted as a commission so didn’t want to post it here until the clients had seen it . Well , last night they saw , they liked and they took it away, so here it is .

Dusk Lights at Oran Mor

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Boardwalk ?

One of  my favourite building is Wemyss Bay train station and ferry terminal . I’m working on a few paintings of this glorious structure at the moment but this is one I finished a couple of weeks ago . I struggled , as usual with a title but have ended up with , ‘Afternoon Light on the Boardwalk – Wemyss Bay Station ‘ . I was unsure of using the term ,’ boardwalk’ ( a bit of an Americanism perhaps ) but it is made of wooden boards and you do walk on them …… so what the heck ! . It’s painted in acrylic on board

Afternoon Light on the Boardwalk – Wemyss Bay Station

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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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