Bevan’s artwork engages with an assortment of cultural and symbolic connotations surrounding the body. He makes use of skin as a surface for patterning, fragmenting and mapping the boundaries of the body. By exploring notions of masquerade he generates a personal mythological language, which he uses to deconstruct identity and mapping.
Bevan comments on his work, “The reconstructed images negotiate the dichotomy between the civilized self and the instinctive, untamed self. By working with fragmented components, I examine notions of displacement and belonging thus evoking a sense of unease and disconnectedness.” Ostensibly the notion of disembodied parts performs as masks, giving figures a fresh and illusory character, often exaggeratedly interacting with other figures.
Bevan studied printmaking at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, under the mentorship of Dominic Thorburn, Christine Dixie and Diane Victor. After completing his Fine Art degree with distinction, he began working as an artist and printing his own work at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, where he also taught etching. He has since returned to Rhodes for 2 semesters to teach and work on his own art. At the end of 2010 he returned to JHB where he began working as a Collaborative Printer at David Krut. He now works at Artist Proof Studio full time as a printmaker, facilitator and practicing artist. He has worked with artists such as Gerhard Marx, Walter Oltmann and William Kentridge. In 2012 Bevan was awarded a fellowship from the Ampersand Foundation and also received the Thami Mnyele Art on Paper Merit Award.