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KERRI EVANS

BIOGRAPHY

KERRI-JANE EVANS

(b. 1967 Johannesburg, South Africa)

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

“The painting process is all important to me. I do not plan my work; it begins without the conditioning of idea or even conception. It is through the action of painting that the compositions arrive, the figures move and adjust in relationship… they come and go and are my primary vehicle of expression. Figurative representation is where I find my greatest delight, that sense of pleasure and identification with the emotional aspects of life … In this very act of painting, the physical application of paint – through this energetic stillness – subtle ‘felt’ perceptions arise and my imagination grows with these perceptions. The movement of thought, of idea, of relationship, my relationship with the painting, with the world in me and around me … the images unfold through this dynamic and become the journey, the way to comprehending the self.”

WORK

 

In this age of cybernetics, cynicism and simulacra, there exists the misconception that art should say big things about big issues. It is a discourse driven by ‘the idea’ and lubricated by the nutrients of parody, commentary and critique. The paintings of Kerri-Jane Evans move against this flow. And the term ‘flux’ is central to her vision because, like the constant shifts of light and colour that determine and regulate the cycles of day and night, colour and brushstroke in her paintings ebb and flow, and her forms seem to morph from solid and substantial to the ethereal. It is as though Evans is reluctant to impose too much authority or ownership on the paintings.

 

She never completes one painting before starting another. She works – or rather reworks – on all simultaneously. Each work in inherently, deliberately incomplete. In places her mark is stylized and linear, only to be subverted by her loose brushstrokes and unpredictable palette. For Evans the greatest challenge is to accept the paradox of incomplete endings. “The image never reaches completion; rather it stops at the point where it is taken away, almost like a small death.”

 


CV

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY


1987-1990    

Bachelor of Fine Art, Rhodes University - Distinction in painting

1991-1992    

Teacher at the Mmabana Cultural Centre, Mmabatho

1992-1993    

Manager of small hotel, Sakatia Island, Madagascar

1991-2000    

Worked on commissions

 

1993-1996    

Teacher at the Johannesburg Art Gallery

1996-1999    

Teacher at the Field and Study Centre, Parkmore

1998-2000    

Teacher at Sandton Civic Gallery, Figure studies

2002–2008   

Moved to India as a full-time artist

 

2009              

Moved back to South Africa

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2014  

New Works, solo Exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

Winter show, group exhibition, Everard Read Cape Town

Summer Show, group exhibition, Everard Read Cape Town

 

2012  

India Art Fair group exhibition, with Everard Read, Johannesburg, in Delhi

Winter Exhibition, group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2011  

Solo exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

15th Anniversary group exhibition, Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2010  

Solo exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

Evans, Hartslief, Russouw at Everard Read, Cape Town

 

2009  

Solo exhibition at Everard Read in May 2009, Cape Town

 

2007  

One person exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2006  

One person exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2005  

Five Women Group Exhibition: Hanneke Benade, Kerri Evans, Sasha Hartslief, Clare Menck & Denby Meyer, Everard Read Johannesburg

 

2003  

Solo person exhibition at Everard Read, Johannesburg

 

2002  

South African Group Exhibition, Everard Read Johannesburg