Bert Evans was born in Port Talbot in 1948. He specialised in painting at Newport collage of Art 67-72 were he found the help and advice by such painters as Jack Crabtree and Selwyn Jones so important in his development.
He is primarily a painter of light, which he says makes the most mundane scenes and subjects interesting. His loose approach complemented by a good understanding of colour always attracts a positive reaction from observers. He is a firm believer in only painting from situations he has witnessed first hand. ” How else can I be sincere in my work?” he asks.
Although he has enjoyed experimenting in watercolour, its his oil paintings that have earned him his reputation and he can count Hollywood actor Michael Sheen to be a big fan of his work, having purchased several Bert Evans Originals.
” I use a digital camera to catch those instant patterns of light on a subject and this is the crux. I’m concerned with the effects of how light renders a scene or object, rather than be interested in the subject for it own sake.
The image then gets redrawn with pencil until a simple 3 or 4 tone pattern emerges. A recipe of limited colours is the applied as the subject is painted, which has lead to a familiar subject being presented in a new stimulating way”
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