Exhibitions: Tony Bevan, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, 28 September 2005 - 8 January 2006
Literature: Tony Bevan, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern exhibition catalogue, September 2005 - January 2006, p 181.
One of Tony Bevan's major paintings depicting a head in a heart-shaped form.
Bevan has focused his work on the theme of the human form as architecture. In these architectural works, Bevan often draws inspiration from the ruined buildings around his Deptford studio in South London.
The catalogue to one of Bevan's largest museum exhibitions:
"Heads are one of the fundamental themes in Bevan's work. They represent a more personal, internalized space; these paintings have an enormous psychological content. In the nineties he often went back to this theme, frequently using his own head as a model. These self-portraits, set apart removed from any kind of conventionalism, reflect his lack of interest in providing documents or idealizing facial features. In fact, despite maintaining some degree of intelligibility, Bevan forces extremes of distortion and simplification with his geometrical reductions of the human head. The rawness and tremendously physical quality of his paintings is close to studies done by Géricault in the Beaujon hospital, works that evoke a similar brutality and alienation." - Tony Bevan, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern