Approved: 20.03.2009

Paul Evans

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Writer, Gallery educator

Approved: 20.03.2009
  • Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Secondary education, Higher education, Adult education, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Arts in health, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Creative writing, Curating, Gallery education, Events management, Visual arts consultancy, Project management, Marketing/communications
  • Categories: Curatorial, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: Paul Evans, painting, drawing, animation, installation, biology, collaboration, life sciences, nature, illustration


My work varies from detailed, representational drawings to visceral, 'animalistic' paintings, and ranges dramatically in scale from intimate paintings on board to monumental works on paper. My artistic practice encompasses a number of different styles of drawing and painting and a variety of creative strategies including collaboration with poets (including Gregory Award winners Chris Jones and Matthew Clegg), graphic designers (including Humanstudio) and leading academics. I use this complex repertoire of means to explore our physical and emotional relationship with nature - the complexity of this subject matter demands a complex response.

Working in collaboration has enabled me to extend my visual vocabulary and reinforce the conceptual framework for my work. I have also sought to test the relationship between ideas of illustration and text - using poetic imagery in conjunction with abstract paintings - and through references to the graphic language of biological textbooks.

My recent work has included a number of high profile creative public engagement projects for Cardiff University, The University of Manchester and Sheffield University.

Outstanding achievements so far include: winner of the Eyestorm Gallery Award for painting (2007), selection for Leverhulme Trust Residency, Cardiff University (2011), winner of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement ‘Engage’ Prize (2014). 

CV & Education

Solo Exhibitions The Paper Museum Graves Gallery, Sheffield 2014 The Beast Within Manchester Museum, 2012 Origin010 Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield 2010 Leviathan x-church, Gainsborough 2009 After Nature Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 2007 Shroud Persistence Works, Sheffield 2006 Group Exhibitions The Spirit is a Bone Derby Museum and Art Gallery 2013 All Things Bright and Beautiful 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 2012 Under the Sea Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2012 namuh (with Humanstudio), Calm & Punk, Tokyo 2010 Bloc Assembly Sylvester Works, Sheffield 2011 The 60th Show Bend in the River, Gainsborough 2007-08 Residencies Artist in Residence, The Leverhulme Trust, Cardiff University School of History and Archaeology 2010 Public Commissions Away from the Pod Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2012 Regions of Interest Cardiff University, PET Imaging Centre, Heath Park, Cardiff 2010 Histography Cardiff University, Cancer Genetics Building, Heath Park, Cardiff 2010 Corporate Commissions Gaze-Shift University of Sheffield, Festival of the Mind 2014 Animal Magic The Wisdom of Birds, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Festival of the Mind 2012 Competitions, Prizes and Awards Eyestorm Gallery Award for Painting, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix 2007 Teaching Special Visiting Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, 2013