The broken skylight of an old warehouse roof, twisted trees perhaps the result of a forest fire, the tangled steelwork of a collapsed building, perhaps again the result of a fire, all silhouetted against an empty sky. These have been graphically painted by British artist Tony Bevan in his exhibition at Ben Brown, showing the beauty in the bold geometries and the raw silhouettes of trees and of buildings with their skeletons exposed as they fall into decay.
Yet Bevan’s powerful work is not about loss. There is hope in this beauty, which may be a passing phase. The trees may spring back into life, as indeed might the buildings if the old structures are refurbished or demolished and rebuilt.