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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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Dennistoun Stairs

This is one of four paintings I’ve recently finished of the same close in Dennistoun in Glasgow’s East End . It’s part of a commission . When I was initially approached to do it I was a little unsure as I know the area fairly well and , well , to be diplomatic , I wasn’t convinced there’d be a palace awaiting me . It isn’t a palace , but it is a lovely close with a very unusual layout and shape which inspired me to produce several paintings and I daresay there’ll be a few more in the future . I’ve called it ‘Red Stairs in Dennistoun ‘

The red stairs , Dennistoun

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Horselethill

This is a watercolour I’ve just finished . While going through my usual desperate attempts to come up with a decent title for it I was delighted to discover that it’s of a street called ‘Horselethill Road ‘ I’ve lived in Glasgow for over 31 years , about 10 of those in the West-End not too far from the subject matter of this painting but I don’t think I’ve been aware of the name before . I’m sure there are lots of other quirky street names around but it’s always a delight to find a new one to me . Apologies to anyone who lives on Horselethill Road for my ignorance . I believe the main building depicted here belongs to Glasgow University . Anyhow , it’s called ‘Autumn colours on Horselethill Road ‘

Autumn Colours on Horselethill Road

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Kelvingrove Bowling Green

A watercolour of the splendid Kelvingrove bowling green and tennis courts as seen from the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Kelvinway , with the illustrious Park Circus hovering in the background .

Dusk Falling on Kelvingrove Bowling Green

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Glasgow’s Rotunda

The two rotunda buildings lie on the North and South banks of the river Clyde in Glasgow . They were build as the end points of the tunnel under the river , now long since blocked . This one , in the South , is now a swanky office space .

Dusk Reflections at the Southern Rotunda

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Rain at Kelvingrove Gates

Sometimes it rains in Glasgow . This is a fairly typical scene at the city’s most well known park .

Rain at Kelvingrove Gates

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‘In Stripes ‘

This is one of the largest ‘pure’ mezzotints ( as opposed to mixed etching and mezzotint ) I’ve done . It depicts a regular model of mine , Jordan . I toyed with the idea of giving it a title punning on her name , but went in the end with the simple ‘In Stripes ‘ as what I intended to do in the work was define the body with stripes .

‘In Stripes’

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Milford Haven

It seems that every small , financially struggling , town has one plucky shop , surviving despite the odds . As high streets throughout the UK succumb to the might of supermarkets , betting shops and charity outlets there’s usually one specialist store that seems ever present and standing firm . In my experience these are often some sort of ironmongers or clothes retailers , businesses that , I suppose depend on personal customer service and specialist knowledge absent from the big superstores .

Whenever I return to my home town of Milford Haven in West Wales a walk down the once bustling Charles street is a depressing experience of boarded up shop-fronts , gap sites and all-too briefly opened and then closed , initially optimistic , but ultimately doomed , new ventures . As long as I can remember though , half way down , there’s been one constant , shining and persistent light . Granby’s is a ‘gentleman’s outfitters ‘ and clothes shop which seems to have barely changed in the 40 odd years I’ve known it , slightly scruffy , in need of a lick of paint , but always strangely welcoming . Every time I re-visit Pembrokeshire I half-expect closed doors or ‘closing down sale ‘ signs in the window , but so far Granby’s is still there struggling resolutely on .

I don’t paint Milford Haven very often , but this is a painting I’ve had in mind for a while . A tribute to all those High Street heroes defying the competition of the out-of-town retail sites and superstores . It’s an acrylic .

‘Heroes of the High Street – Granby’s still open ‘

Heroes of the High Street – Granby’s still open

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Aberystwyth

‘Yn yr Hen Goleg , Aberystwyth ‘ ( in the old college , Aberystwyth ) . I spent a lovely few days staying in Aberystwyth on the West Wales coast earlier in the Summer and was particularly inspired by the , almost monastic feeling , steps in the gorgeous old college building on the sea front . I don’t only paint Scottish stairs .

Yn yr Hen Goleg Aberystwyth

 

 

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Dunoon Pier at Dusk

The lovely old Victorian Pier building in Dunoon on Scotland’s West Coast ,

Dunoon Pier at Dusk

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One thirty at Central Station

How many thousands of people have been on that spot in Central station , waiting to say their fond farewells ?

One Thirty at Central Station

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