Screen star snap ups Passion art
HIS passionate artwork first caught the eye of movie star Michael Sheen.
Now Port Talbot artist Bert Evans is delighting shoppers with the moments he has re-created of Sheen's acclaimed Passion play on canvas.
Mr Evans has been exhibiting many of his paintings inspired by the three-day theatre event, which captured the imagination of the town last year, at the Aberafan Shopping Centre.
But before they went on display, Hollywood actor Sheen snapped up some of the paintings.
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"Michael Sheen and some of his production team bought some paintings of their rehearsals," said Mr Evans.
"I was there at the rehearsals and I would use a camera as a third eye and I took in everything that was happening. I caught casual moments like Michael taking to the director.
"I have got one painting of Michael when he was walking across the sand. It is the back view of him. He is quietly looking at what is going on. He has just got a presence even from his back view."
Mr Evans, from Taibach, has been painting all his life and said he was pleased to show the people of his town his creations.
Picturesque scenes on display included Taibach, Aberavon beach and Margam.
"It has created a lot of discussion so it has been a very good exercise," he said.
"People may not go to an art gallery. I have got one section on the Passion and the other one of other paintings I have done. It is just to keep the Passion quietly ticking over."
The 64-year-old went to college in Newport in the 1960s to study illustration. Today he loves nothing better than to study his surroundings and paint scenes of his local town.
He also runs an art club for those who want to improve drawing and painting skills.
"I think I am very much a Port Talbot artist," he said. "This area just gives me so much subject matter.It is just what I want to paint. I am certainly looking to have another exhibition.
"I do like having an exhibition in Port Talbot, because it would not make sense anywhere else.
"This is my back yard and I think it is only right that people here see the paintings."
The exhibition runs until today in Aberafan Shopping Centre.