Freelance writing. Out of the urban clutter of the East and now situated on the Pittwater.
Published April 21st 2011
Hugh Evans paints. He has his studio in the main street of Flinders and presents vast landscapes in a style that may change the way you look out over the hills, or across any landscape or seascape after observing his work.
Vibrant colours and detail bring Hugh's artwork alive. He is happy to tell people about his art and his life; he is friendly, informative and inspiring. I found that after I had visited Hugh's gallery that I got to see aspects of the Mornington Peninsula and landscapes with a new perspective, profoundly changing the way I now look at the what I might say is the language of the land.
Hugh is a man with wife, children and grandchildren. He is a strong and stable character who works at his art in his studio/gallery, making all welcome and shows his extraordinary work.
His work has been described as "technical in nature." Incorporating, "collographs, embossings and etchings
using the 30x60" geared press, alongside a prolific series of paintings often created during trips to Port Douglas in Queensland," as is explained on the galleries website.
He makes use of a two dimensional medium, making the landscape appear multidimensional across a vast horizon. His work encompasses the outback with vast views, outback of the Mornington Peninsula with hills and greenery, some seascapes and with fish (I'm poking fun here, there is a great fish piece that was outside his gallery the other week when I went past.) His work is sometimes intricate and detailed, yet has a well organized appeal and captures a quality of the land that is inescapable.
I remain fascinated with the Australian landscape and its mysteriously endless vistas." Hugh is quoted as saying.
Having the works in the gallery allows people to wander through the works' imaginary world and discover the unexplored territory, as light reflects different forms and shapes and nuances of colour from the undulations of the embossing."