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Cottesbrooke II

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John Evans

CottesbrookeII
Cottesbrooke II by John Evans
Watercolour on Paper
1972
41 x 66 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL01532

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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Cottesbrooke is a village in Northamptonshire. The composition leads the eye along a quiet, deserted road towards a house in the distance. It is a peaceful scene with no sign of the inhabitants. The artist has paid close attention to the buildings and the textures of the bricks and vegetation. Bands of shadow are cast across the road by what appears to be a mature Cedar tree. There is the impression that little has changed since the telephone box was installed here. John Evans says this was painted on his favourite "original" handmade 400lb ''rough'' Whatman watercolour paper. He writes, 'The original paper had superb qualities of colour retention, keeping as bright and fresh as the moment they were applied. Even in 1972 this paper was hard to find and therefore cost about £5 a sheet (20 x 30 inches). I wish I had some now!'

John 'DB' Evans was born in 1943 and currently lives in Hampshire. From 1959-1965 he studied at Northamptonshire, Edinburgh and Swansea Art Colleges. As a freelance artist for many years he had clients in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Turkmenistan. He says 'I was always very busy with about 10 commissions on order at any one time and rarely dealt with galleries, preferring to meet the clients and discuss the painting with them and get them involved in their ideas and the development process'.

Commissions included graphic design and illustration for the Scottish based Ecurie Ecosse World Sports Car racing team, and automotive design for Aston Martin Cars and their World Sports Car Team 1978-1991. His 'portrait in oils of a rather inebriate and grumpy looking grouse!' was painted for Famous Grouse Whisky. He also makes ceramics and has painted several large murals in Corfu and the UK, with solo exhibitions in the UK and Spain.

With thanks to John Brownbridge for information on the artist.
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NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services for the second largest residential population in Scotland.

We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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