BevJonesArt

Bev Jones Art the brighter side of city living

Croydon, England On Etsy since 2014

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BevJonesArt

Bev Jones Art the brighter side of city living

Croydon, England | 239 Sales

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Last updated on 05 Sep, 2020

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I love people watching and painting.

I love people watching and especially the interactions between people: The way people walk past each other, negotiate who gets on the tram first or finding a way down a busy street. How we show that we are together as friends or family and how we are with total strangers. The rules we apply that allow us all to live peacefully together in this crowded space at least most of the time. I think the watching started with the drawing for me because I grew up in a very small Welsh village and was positively agoraphobic with crowds as a child, I started drawing the people passing to help me cope with this when I was a teenager and moved from Wales to the Midlands of England. I still sometimes spend days sitting in cafes or at train stations drawing little sketches of people passing. It’s only in the last couple of years that I have been painting people.

I paint a lot of Croydon scenes, it’s such a busy place and very local for me (I live in Addiscombe) so it’s easy to pop down and get a feel for what is happening. When I paint crowds it’s the people and their interactions that really make it interesting and I’ll often make up stories for the people as I paint them. The setting is important for my local pictures too as you can’t have a local community without a place to be local to. Croydon makes a great setting because everything about it is diverse, there are old and new buildings, hills and flat spaces, every kind of people and lots of different transport options too. Having a few pedestrianized areas is handy too as I’m not a fan of cars, either driving them or drawing them.

Recently I had my first solo exhibition at Matthews Yard, a cafe and arts centre just behind Surrey Street Market in Croydon. It was such a great place for me to show my work and I really enjoyed being so close to the market for the month. I also started selling cards and prints for the first time and now I sell most months at the Croydon Arts ans Crafts market which is on the third Saturday of each month and here on Etsy!

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