Favell Bevan-Arti

Born in Kenya, East Africa, Favell has travelled and lived in a variety of places. She was privileged to start her art studies in Italy with Signorina Simi (whose father was the teacher of Pietro Annigoni) in Florence before moving on to the Accademia di Belle Arti for a Diploma in Fine Arts under the tuition of the prominent artist Silvio Loffredo. She has also lived in Cyprus, Sweden, Finland and the U.S.A.

In America she stayed in Austin, Texas, where she had the opportunity to continue her art studies and was influenced by the American artist and teacher Betty Edwards and her book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”.

Favell moved to England in 1998 from Northern Cyprus and now lives in Sidmouth, Devon. She travels to Finland every year and enjoys painting Finnish landscapes under the special light conditions there around midsummer. Her principal medium is pastel, as it is one of the most direct and versatile means of catching the fast-moving light patterns of Nature.

Favell is currently concentrating on seascapes and beach life in her work. She has shown her work at various local exhibitions and galleries in the South West. Her work was featured in the Pastel Artist International magazine in 2001. Favell taught art at Adult and Community Learning centres in East Devon, specialising in drawing and working with pastels, but now teaches privately. She accepts commissions.

Favell’s portrait commissions include military portraits, such as The Royal Dragoon Guards, The Princess Patricia Regiment of Canada and The Airborne Regiment of Canada, while they were stationed in Cyprus (1986 – 1990). Private portraits include children and pet animals, in both pastel and oil. Her work can be found in private and public collections around the world, including the private collection of the late long-time President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktas, and the Parliament House of Northern Cyprus.

1960 Diploma of Honour, “I Giochi Olimpici”, International Children’s Art Exhibition held in Rome in connection with the Olympic Games, while living in Kenya

1971 Family home in Cyprus, studying in Florence 1971-75

1975 Diploma di Licenza in Pittura from the Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

1985 Further art studies at the Laguna Gloria Art School in Austin, Texas, USA

1986 Settled in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus; studio/gallery open to the public

1998 Moved to England


1981 Arte Grafica, Helsinki, Finland

1982 Gallery Gloria, Nicosia, S. Cyprus

1987 Meridian Gallery, Nicosia, S. Cyprus

1989 Fluxus Gallery, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus; Gallery Gloria, Nicosia, S. Cyprus

1998 The Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Somerset, England; Café Gallery, Black Swan Art Centre, Frome, Somerset, England

1999 Yeovil Arts Centre, Yeovil, Somerset; Dolphin House Gallery, Colyton, Devon

2000 Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Health Care Arts Project

2005 The Dolphin House Gallery, Colyton, Devon

2007 Devon Art Works (open studios)

2008 Devon Open Studios

2010 Kennaway House, Sidmouth

2011 Kennaway House, Sidmouth


1975 Centro d’Incontro per Stranieri, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

1986 Anglo-Turk Art Exhibition, Atatürk Cultural Centre, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus

1987 2nd Exhibition of Turkish Cypriot Women Artists, Atatürk Cultural Centre, Nicosia, Northern Cyprus

1991 ‘WHALETAIL’ International Wildlife Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. Silver Award winner

1998 Picture This ‘98, Art for Life, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset

1999 East Devon Open Art Exhibition, Honiton, Devon Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

2000 Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall Marine House Gallery, Beer, Devon East Devon Open Art Exhibition, Honiton, Devon Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital Health Care Arts

2001 Featured in the Pastel Artist International Magazine, Issue 11, September/October Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall

2002 Thelma Hulbert Gallery Open Art Exhibition, Honiton, Devon Nine Days of Art, Otterton Mill Centre, Devon South West Artists at the Webbs Gallery, London

2003 Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, Paignton Zoo, Devon. The Indian Summer Exhibition, Webbs Gallery, London Wildlife Society Exhibition, Bristol Zoo International Wildlife Art Exhibition, Gorilla Conservation Centre, Port Lympne, Kent The Best of the East Devon Art Groups, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2004 Yeovil Arts Centre, Yeovil, Somerset

2007 Devon Art Works, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2008 Open Studios, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2009 Devon Open Art Exhibition, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton

2012 Northcott Theatre, Exeter with DAN exhibitors Coastal Light, East Devon Academy, Sidmouth