In August 2006 Tony Bevan travelled to Venice, at the suggestion of Marlborough Fine Art and the Paupers Press, to work at the Scuola de Grafica as part of an ongoing Artists international Print Project. The medium is strictly confined to monotypes, a very direct technique which Tony Bevan had not tried before. For two intense weeks Tony Bevan worked with printers Simon Marsh and Mike Taylor to produce over 80 images, 50 of which are shown in this exhibition.
As Marco Livingstone writes in his catalogue introduction to the exhibition:
`The entire repertoire of Tony Bevan's current imagery ' including heads, studio furniture and studio towers, chairs, tabletop still lifes, corridors, interiors, rafters ' is revealed in the downpour of monotypes exhibited here for the first time`. Using a variety of materials, printer's ink, and woodies Tony Bevan experimented with the monotype process to produce this arresting array of images triggered and inspired by the familiar subjects that he addresses in his paintings. His work has always followed a distinctly individual course challenging its viewers with a rawness and sense of alienation while conveying a range of emotional experience. And, the monotypes
`Whether densely layered or boldly stated against the exposed surface of the paper' they â¦`reveal as much in their materiality as in the imaginative and emotional dimension of their imagery.' (Marco Livingstone, catalogue introduction, Monotypes, 2007)