Jake Wood-Evans is a British painter based in Brigton whose influences lie somewhere between the baroque and the 19th century colourists – his love of the Baroque and more contemporary British painters such as Bacon has led him to a space in which he’s constantly mixing the worlds of classical and contemporary art. What strikes me immediately when I look at his work is his use of classical imagery and his colour palette; he tends to stick to one range of colours for each picture; blue, red, grey and so on and the image is often very simple, a sculpture, a bird, a child. This structure, process and sheer technical ability results in dark, ethereal works that capture an emotion, trigger the imagination.
No, his work isn’t breaking boundaries, no it’s not a new form. What it is is well crafted work that has a clear aesthetic and that is something to be cherished, admired and appreciated.
Evans work can be seen at the ‘Shock Of The Old’ Exhibition from Friday 7th – Sunday 16th September 2012 at Friese-Greene House Gallery, Brighton Media Centre, Brigton, England.
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