Meet Artist & Designer Davy Evans
Davy Evans (@davyevans) is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Brighton. With a background in graphic design, Evans fuses analogue and digital techniques to create ethereal abstract imagery. He uses experimental photographic methods, combined with light and liquid to replicate colour, form, and distortions, inspired by those found in the natural world.
Interviewer Alexi Ueltzen (@alexi) is Ello’s Social Media & Email Manager. If she’s not at the office, she’s probably swimming, getting muddy with her dogs, or baking cookies. The best cookies.
Tell us a little about your background. How did you get started as an artist?
I spent a lot of time as a kid drawing, I think this was inspired by my Dad who used to paint a lot when I was growing up.
I eventually got into experimenting with photography as I got a bit older while studying Graphic Design at my local college, this became my main tool for image making. I would start by photographing discarded materials and household chemicals on a macro level and then using the results as a basis for artworks. It's a really fun way to work as you never know what the final outcome will be, these happy accidents still play a large role in my work. My breakthrough project was creating the album artwork for a band called The Xx after I graduated, which opened up a lot of doors for me. I’m currently in my 3rd year of working as a full-time freelance artist and designer.
What first gave you the idea to combine analog photography with digital work?
I've always been interested in the idea of mixing organic and natural textures with digital or distorted elements, so it felt like the best way to push my work up a level. I try to create analogue art that could be perceived as digital or blurring the line between the two, I find this concept very interesting.
What do you do, or where do you go for inspiration?
Apart from using social media, I like to visit my hometown in Wales when I get the chance, it's a very inspiring place to be in the sense of getting out into the countryside; there're some amazing landscapes and beaches to visit. Getting into the outdoors and away from the computer is a nice way to re charge and get inspired.
What are your thoughts on social media, and how it helps or hurts artists today? Specifically, can you share some thoughts on Ello?
I think social media is in an amazing place right now. I think there's so much great content out there which is getting easier and easier to discover, which is effectively pushing artists to work harder and raising the bar of what can be done. I think it can often get a little overwhelming at times, so its good to take a step back from time to time, but ultimately I think its great.
Ello is especially good as I've seen so many competitions and other elements to help artists engage, get more exposure, and discover new inspirations.
What technology/software/camera gear do you use, if you don’t mind us asking? When you travel, what do you take with you?
I've recently moved over to shooting with a Sony A7R2 mainly for the 4k filming capability. Prior to that, I've always shot with Canon cameras and a 100mm macro lens. When traveling I usually take my Canon / Yashica T3 film camera as I've not insured my Sony, so I'm afraid I'd lose or break it!
What’s next for you? Are there any new mediums you want to explore?
Id love to explore some old analogue photography techniques such as photograms. I've seen some amazing works using that method recently. I'm also really fascinated by the potential of VR and more immersive environments and would love to try and push my work in that direction someday.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever made (or would like to make someday?)
I once built a 6-foot shrine made of flowers, plants, and candles in my own flat for an album cover pitch. There was no budget to get a studio space to set it up, so I built it behind my sofa over a series of a few days. It made the living room look like a large ritual of some kind.
What’s something about you that would surprise our readers?
I used to be a baker and my nickname was Davy Cakes
You can follow Davy on Ello, Instagram, Facebook, and Behance.