West 23rd Street, New York
By David Pugh Evans

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Year
1985
Media
Acrylic and Gouache
Subject Matter
Still Life and Flowers
Reg. Number
G1263
Size
41 x 53 cm

This gouache presents an interestingly-cropped view from the window of an apartment. Very little is seen of the interior of the apartment - part of a wall and table, with a small vase containing a single flower - the greater part of the picture being dominated by the high-rise building opposite which, with its blank and uniform rows of windows, blocks out the sky. The painting seems to epitomise urban life in a great sprawling city, in the face of whose oppression the single flower in the apartment stands as a reminder of nature. In its whole approach and framing, the picture perhaps acknowledges a debt to the American painter Edward Hopper(1882-1967).

"David Evans produces hyperrealist paintings of seemingly mundane interior views, still lifes, building facades and street scenes." David Pugh Evans ARCA RSA RSW was born in Wales in 1942. He studied at Newport College of Art (1959-62) and the Royal College of Art in London (1962-65). He lectured at Edinburgh College of Art from 1965 to 1998, and has travelled and studied extensively throughout the USA.

With thanks to the Open Eye Gallery for information on the artist.

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