David Evans: Flower Garden II 1981 - on British Abstract Art



David Evans:
Flower Garden II 1981

Unmounted (ref: 8203)
26 1⁄4 x 41 1⁄4 in (67 x 105 cm)

Tags: David Evans watercolour Evans David Evans (1929-1988) — The Period Charm of Thatcher's Britain

Provenance: The artist’s studio

Literature: "David Evans (1929-1988)", edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, published by Liss Llewellyn Fine Art, 2017. ISBN 978-0-9930884-6-9, Cat 114, page 156-157.

In spite of his short career Evans had a large number of solo exhibitions including  five at Redfern ( in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984  and 1986 and a posthumous exhibition there in 1988).   

His work was  naturally compared to Burra and Vaughan but it was also noted that he worked  in the tradition of Palmer and  Lear. His association with the Norfolk landscape was regularly commented upon as was his  humourous social commentary) which was compared to that of Hogarth and Lowry. The sense of unease that permeates even the gayest of his watercolours was often noted.   

The size and technical brilliance of Evans watercolours were qualities frequently commented on by critics of the time.  

Residing in Suffolk, at Potash Farm, Evans was largely self-sufficient growing his own vegetables and flowers which were often the subject of his paintings.  Flower Garden (1981); The Allotment (1986)Crown Imperial (88)Geraniums (81-2). Gladioli, Daffodils (86); Irises;  Apples (86); Pumpkins (86);The Marrow Family; Cabbages

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