Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Steve Evans is professional visual artist who came to art following a career in the construction industry. Steve qualified as a Chartered Structural Engineer in 1970 and, when his focus moved from engineering to art, he undertook a Foundation and then an HND qualification at Stourbridge College which he completed in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and was responsible for the design of numerous arts projects, most notably Birmingham's Ikon Gallery. Steve was a Friend of the RBSA for two years before being elected as an Associate in 2014 and a Member in 2016 he is also a member of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists, to which he was elected in 2008 and the Birmingham Easel Club. He has exhibited regularly at the RBSA as well as widely around the West Midlands and further afield. His work is in private collections in the UK, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand. His work is informed by his background in structural engineering, his interest in architecture and structural stability resulting from form and shape. It incorporates the techniques and formal qualities of technical drawing before the advent of Computer Aided Draughting – precision, the repetition of line and reference to geometry. Unlike CAD these works contain minute inconsistencies, the spacing, whilst measured, is imprecise, the thickness of line variable. These ‘flaws’ evident in the hand-drawn pieces, add qualities that make each unique – sometimes the arrangements of line create visual disturbances and illusions beyond the original architectural or formal references. The works are layered, often using transparent materials and separation so that the images change depending on the viewpoint. Whilst they are clearly concerned with man-made form and celebrate the modern, they are also pieces in their own right – abstractions that explore and extend pictorial space through the use of light, line and colour. Image: Torsion Arcs