A BODY OF ARTWORK

Denise Evans

Fine Artist

Welcome to my fine art portfolio exhibiting 30 years of my work.

 

At the heart of my artwork is the autobiography, it is by drawing from my own personal journey and experiences in life with soul baring honesty that I seek to reveal essential truths in my imagery which unite us in own unique and personal journey.

Invisible Woman

Oil and pigments on Irish linen

My artworks give vision to the silent internal journey we go on as we deal with the realities of our lives, realities above that can form scars below.

 

This journey has led me to explore different forms of mediums to better express what lays below. In some work the weathering of iron particles on my surfaces communicate change and the irreversible nature of decay. A surface which should be ugly becomes one of beauty when seen in a different way.

Madonna

Iron, copper and watercolor on handmade watercolor paper

Madonna

A watercolor scarred with encrusted rust haloed by copper

Preservation Copper Book

13" x 17"

Photographic self-portraits distressed by iron are preserved within a handmade book with a cover made of solid sheets of copper bound by leather. Distressed photographic portraits become the leaves of the book, their text punched through from behind to be seen in reverse.

It matters to me the surfaces, mediums and materials I use in my works and their properties, Preservation (a multi-media photographic installation and copper book shown at the Museum of Modern Art) used rusted photographic self-portraits and sheets of glass to give mirror like reflections in the artwork. A work that challenged the viewer to look beyond their own reflection to see deeper at the destruction that can occur in our lives. Rust leaving behind channels of decay as a witness to exposure that once occurred.

Resurrection

Oil painting with iron, copper, and mica on Irish linen

5' x 4' x 6" depth

My paintings too are not spared from my obvious distress, the metals iron and copper exist beside a metal that does not corrode, one that expresses value; gold. Raw earth pigments in their natural form are used along with mica that glints on linen surfaces. I like using gold and mica, there is always value and insight to be gained after going through a journey of decay. Experiences do not leave us empty, quite the opposite they leave behind wisdoms that could never have been gleamed before such destruction, before such decay.

Mine Heart

Oil painting with copper, gold leaf, and mica flakes on Irish linen

The galleries below flow through the years of my artworks from Family Album 1987, a multi-media installation about my life being raised in a working class family in the East-End of London, to my later works of paintings and works on paper in the galleries of Sleep and Neuro-Landscapes, images that express the living change of a neurological disease that has bitten my life away.

  • Wings
    Wings
  • Wings
    Wings
    Some of comfort and none flight. Works on linen and paper.
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  • Sleep
    Sleep
  • Sleep
    Sleep
    Nocturnal landscapes some of pain. Works on paper.
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  • Neuro Landscapes
    Neuro Landscapes
  • Neuro Landscapes
    Neuro Landscapes
    Pain from my brain. Works on linen and paper.
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  • Landscapes Internal
    Landscapes Internal
  • Landscapes Internal
    Landscapes Internal
    Nature from within. Works on paper and limited edition prints.
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  • From Decay
    From Decay
  • From Decay
    From Decay
    Mother and child, more than one loss. Works on linen and paper.
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  • Preservation
    Preservation
  • Preservation
    Preservation
    Protecting the nature of decay. Installation and book.
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  • Dreams on Paper
    Dreams on Paper
  • Dreams on Paper
    Dreams on Paper
    Dreams that overlay reality. Installation, books and works on paper.
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  • Family Album
    Family Album
  • Family Album
    Family Album
    My beginning, an autobiographical installation and book. 1986
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About Me

I am a fine artist, I was born in the East-End of London in 1964. My artworks have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and won numerous prizes, my artworks are held within private collections in the United Kingdom and the United States. After traveling alone in the US in 1996, I settled in Missouri in 1997. Towards the end of 1999 I became ill with a neurological condition as yet still not fully diagnosed which changed my entire world and left me housebound. The artworks within these galleries follow 30 years of my artwork of paintings, drawings, fine art prints to multi media installations that begin with a book.

Biography

I was born in the East-End of London, England in 1964. In 1980 at the age of 17. I began studying art at Kingsway Princeton College, London, England. I achieved my degree in Fine Arts, at Byam Shaw School of Fine Arts, London, England, and completed my two-year post-graduate in multi-media fine arts at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London, England. My artworks are held within 'Private Collections' in both England and the United States. In 1997 I moved to the United States of America.

 

Education

1980-1983. 3-year foundation in fine arts. Kingsway Princeton College, London, England.

1984-1987. 3-year degree in fine arts, graduating with distinction. Byam Shaw School of Fine Arts, London, England.

1987-1989. 2-year post-graduate degree in multi-media fine arts. Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London (UCL), London, England.

 

Prizes

1986 The Julian Sullivan Prize. London, England

1987 The Pamela Ovens' Prize, judged by Leon Kossoff. London, England.

1988 The Jeremy Cubitt Prize, judged by Tony Godfrey. London, England

 

 

Exhibitions & Talks

1987 Tom Allen Arts Center. London, England.

1988 Ave International Audiovisual Festival. Holland

1989 Museum of Modern Art Oxford (MoMA). Oxford, England

1989 Gallery talk on Preservation. Museum of Modern Art, MoMA. Oxford. England.

2001 Xavier Gallery. Kansas. USA

2001 Xavier Gallery. Kansas. USA. Gallery talk with Saint Mary College Art Graduate students.

2001 Panelist, 'Discernment of Truth in Modern Culture’.Saint Mary College. Kansas, MO. USA.

 

East End of London

The East End of London, also known simply as the East End, is an area of Central, East London and London Docklands, England; east of the Roman and medieval walls of the City of London, and north of the River Thames. The East End is the historic core of wider East London but is not defined by any universally accepted boundaries, though the various channels of the River Lea are often considered to be the eastern boundary.

The East End's emergence began in the Middle Ages with initially slow urban growth outside the eastern walls, which subsequently accelerated, especially in the 19th century, to absorb pre-existing settlements.

The first known written record of the East End as a distinct entity, as opposed its component parts, comes from John Strype's 1720 'Survey of London', where he describes London as consisting of four parts: the City of London, Westminster, Southwark, and "That Part beyond the Tower".

The relevance of Strype's reference to the Tower was more than geographical. The East End was the major part of an area called the Tower Division, which owed military service to the Tower of London. Later, as the East End grew and the Tower Division contracted, the East End became, arguably, conterminous with the Tower Division.

The area was notorious for its deep poverty, overcrowding and associated social problems. This has led to the East End’s history of intense political activism and association with some of the country’s most influential social reformers.

Another major theme of East End history has been that of migration; both inward and outward. The area had a strong pull on the rural poor from other parts of England and attracted waves of migration from further afield: notably Huguenot refugees, who created a new extramural suburb in Spitalfields in the 17th century.

The closure of the last of the East End docks in the Port of London in 1980 created further challenges and led to attempts at regeneration and the formation of the London Docklands Development Corporation. The Canary Wharf development, improved infrastructure, and the Olympic Park mean that the East End is undergoing further change, but some parts continue to contain some of the worst poverty in Britain.

Source: Wikipedia

 

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