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TONY BEVAN / 1951-PRESENT

Tony Bevan’s subject matter focuses predominantly on the human figure. In doing so he uses a distressed linear style, which has been described as graphic and even deliberately crude. In the estimation of the art critic Sarah Kent, writing in 1985, this quality is a reflection of the social times in which Bevan finds himself, with the highly charged political climate of the mid-1980s in Britain, under the government of Margaret Thatcher, provoking artists like Bevan to ‘roll over and play dead, to escape into fantasy, or to stand and fight’. The implication of Kent’s analysis was that Bevan chose to stand and fight.