Artist David Evans: Gertrude’s Pencil, circa 1978

Artist David Evans (1929–1988): Gertrude’s Pencil, circa 1978


David Evans (1929–1988):
Gertrude’s Pencil, circa 1978
Framed (ref: 526)
Signed and inscribed: ‘Defamey’
Watercolour, 39 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. (101 × 73 cm.)

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Provenance: Redfern Gallery, London
Exhibited: Watercolours, exh. cat., Redfern Gallery, London, 1978 (no. 27)

In a fine gilded oak flat section frame

Evan’s early work consisted mostly of photomontages and mural paintings. His large-scale watercolours and gouaches date from 1967 onwards, and many of them were exhibited at the series of solo exhibitions held at the Redfern Gallery from 1979. The influence of Edward Burra is obvious, but Evans’ work remained highly distinctive and the subject matter  contemporary. The landscape of Suffolk, where Evans lived, bears no relation to this curiously titled surrealist landscape, the inspiration for which is more likely to be imagined than observed.

We are grateful to Michael Barker for assistance.