My paintings start from something seen. Very often, though not always, this is something in the landscape. I have lived and worked all my life in a beautiful, undulating corner of rural Herefordshire, and much of my painting is inspired by places that I know well, though I have recently embarked on a couple of painting trips abroad.
Having seen something I want to paint I start with drawings and / or painted sketches done on site, and maybe further studies in the studio.
At some point I decide (or not) to use this raw material to have a go at a finished painting. Each painting then feels like a wrestling match in which I explore line, pattern and space, and the ambiguities that arise from making marks on a flat surface, while trying to remain true to the feelings that made me want to make the painting in the first place.
Bill has been taking part in Herefordhire Art week since 2013.
He has recently exhibited at
- Blue Ginger gallery, Cradley
- The Artists Workhouse, Studley, Annual Open Exhibition
- The Chapel Gallery, Bromyard, various mixed exhibitions
- H.Art (Green Cow Kitchens)
- Malvern School of Art (solo show)
- Annual Open, Royal Western Academy Bristol, 2017 and 2018
- The Chapel Gallery - Solo show - 'From Sapey Brook to Sicily'
- Royal Society of Birmingham Artists Annual Open 2020
Bill Evans began painting seriously at school where he was lucky enough to have two inspiring teachers - Bruce Killeen and Richard Blomfield, both practising artists. One of his main early influences was Nicolas De Stael. He held a one-man exhibition in Oxford in 1969 and took part in the East London Artists exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1974.
Having spent most of his working life as a farmer, forester and estate manager, with painting taking a back seat, Bill has started a new career as an artist and has been painting full time since 2013.
"Cactus pears, Sicily", selected for inclusion in the RWA Open Exhibition 2017