Tony Bevan was born in Bradford and studied at Goldsmith’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art. The underlying theme behind Bevan’s work of this period was his concern with the tension between the private and the public, the inner and outer life. Typically, the artist creates a subject through a series of canvases and drawings. The subject may have been drawn from direct observation or from the media or a combination of both. His concern is to open up and lay bare the ‘interior’ of a person. The drawing is consolidated into single outline, and the link between the colour and the person depicted is inextricable. Bevan believes that a person ‘exudes’ colour, and this can be so concentrated that a painting may have just one blot of colour.