Attic Studios is the place where artist Elsie Evans works and teaches in Bangkok. Born in Scotland, Elsie has lived in Asia for more than 20 years and has been a regular contributor to the Bangkok art scene. She runs Attic Studios where you can see her teaching or painting most days and enrol too if you wish to develop your artistic skills.
Self effacing, modest and totally open to new ideas and inspiration, Elsie is a free spirit who has found her own path to artistic expression. Along the way she has mastered a number of expressive techniques and disciplines while discovering which of a number of styles might one day be her own. That journey of discovery as she says has probably been the hardest and at the same time, the most rewarding too.
“My journey on to the canvas began in 1993 when my youngest son eventually went to school. This was my chance to find out if I could paint. I really like a challenge���.there is no point in trying to do something that you know you can do. In the beginning I worked with charcoal and pastel. I drew everything. If there was a child at home ill, I drew him. I still have a drawing of ‘poor Peter’ lying on the sofa with chickenpox. Then I discovered the thrill of oil paint. This medium added a new dimension to my work and the way I see. Now I want to paint everything.”
���What matters in this new series of paintings by Evans is energy……���…the tensile energy of linear structures cantilevered into space. Her mark making is free, unhindered and strong. Line courses across the canvases with a crackling energy. The paintings are bold……..as bold as the changing Bangkok skyline.
Ever taller buildings, ever longer shadows. In this twilight zone the lost souls of Bangkok struggle to make themselves seen or heard. In ‘lost souls’ the stillness of the faces and the fact that they are not painted in their entirety accentuates their plight. They peer out of the darkness beneath a canopy of steel concrete and glass.”
My painting all starts with a response to a visual experience. I photograph, sketch and make notes. The images evolve in my head and at some point I know it’s time to start painting. This process can not be forced. Sometime it takes two weeks, sometimes six months.