Approved: 20.03.2009

Paul Evans

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Gallery educator, Writer

Approved: 20.03.2009

Artist Statement

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 Nanocade Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2020 Iridescence Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 2018 Between Water and Stone Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield 2015 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 Residencies Structural Colour Artist in Residence University of Sheffield Department of Physics 2016 The Leverhulme Trust, Artist in Residence 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 Nanocade University of Sheffield, Festival of the Mind 2020   Irridescence University of Sheffield, Festival of the Mind 2018 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 National National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Engage Award 2014 Times Higher Education Award Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community (for work with the CAER Heritage Project) 2017 Eyestorm Gallery Award for Painting, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix 2007 Teaching Special Visiting Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, 2013 -16