R I C H A R D G E R A I N T E V A N S
Richard Geraint Evans was born in Cardiff in 1966 but lived most of his early years in Dronfield in Derbyshire. He studied fine art and design for two years at Chesterfield College of Art before successfully completing his degree in art and design at Coventry University. Richard then moved to London where he worked in the advertising and design industries as a successful art director, illustrator and graphic designer. After 25 years of conjuring up creative ideas for some of the world’s largest corporations Richard decided to pursue his original passion, fine art.
Evans kick-started his fine art career the hard way – by painting portraits in oils. Notable sitters have included Sir Martin Sorrell, Lord Harris and singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé. In 2013 Evans’s portrait of Emeli Sandé was chosen for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London, as part of the prestigious BP National Portrait Awards.
In parallel to his portraiture Evans enjoys drawing and painting some of nature’s wildest and most beautiful formations, trees and clouds in particular. How we influence and interact with our natural surroundings is a constant source of fascination for Evans. His incredible ‘Nebulous’ cloud paintings explore how we all theoretically shape our skies through deterministic chaos theories, summarised by Edward Lorenz in the 1950s. Richard’s acclaimed ’Nebulous’ series is a good example of Richard’s robust conceptual thinking, expressed through fine, traditional artistic technique.
Richard Evans’s most recent works, ‘GPS trees’, is a growing collection of detailed tree drawings. Each tree is studied in isolation and drawn using a fine ballpoint pen, an unusual choice of medium but one that affords the appropriate control and tonal contrast. When a tree drawing is complete Evans pinpoints the tree’s geographical position using accurate GPS coordinates. These are written in pencil at the foot of each artwork. Evans sees his drawings as a way of building a special affinity with an actual tree. By revealing the tree’s location we are invited to visit it and marvel at its real natural beauty, a beauty that perhaps would otherwise have gone unnoticed. This relationship helps to reinforce our love for the natural world and perhaps raise awareness of local and national conservation efforts. Using art for the greater good!
Evans is currently drawing trees in Greater London and the
South East, some of which have sadly already been condemned
by various local authorities. All trees are special to Evans but he is particularly drawn to Britain’s great oaks. Richard Evans’s ‘GPS Tree’ artworks are unique – just one original drawing per tree and no plans for any print reproductions. If you’d like a drawing of your own special tree Richard Evans is happy to take commissions. Kevis House Gallery will help with any enquiries.
Richard Geraint Evans
Petworth No 10 N 50º59.858’ W 000º37.204’
Richard Geraint Evans
Richmond No.21 N 51º26.697” W 000º17.565”