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Contemporary fine artist Denise Evans exhibits her new and most recent work alongside an extensive retrospective of her artwork over 30 years.
Work born from a lifetime use of the autobiographical which has informed her artwork over her career, her new artworks again sees her use of internal portraiture to give vision to an underworld her life has become as a neurological illness has swept and continues to sweep her away.
Always seeking to find wisdom in adversity the artist suggests if she can find truth within herself and reach that depth of honesty, surely she can touch another who feels they are alone and show them they are not. It's been anything but easy for her or her work over these years but when everything has been chipped away her art remains a constant in her; something that cannot be so easily taken away in spite of it all.
An hiatus from my own creating has been caused by the overpowering effects of a neurological illness which swallowed my being whole, and for too many years, I'd cry if I counted them. Recently it spat me out from the tornado it made my life become and I've returned to a discipline which was always mine: painting.
I have been between two worlds, electrical storms firing lightening bolts BOOM in my brain, altering realities, taking me into daylight dream-scapes, where nothing is real and nearly all is lost. Sleepless nights tumbling into pain ridden days; the cycle that descends.
Between my two worlds is a promise now of a bridge which may unite the then and the now; brain surgery to cast away these electrical storms which have threatened my lands, and in its every aftermath leaving me more barren and with more memory lost than the time before.
If there is a memory palace within us, mine has been assaulted, battering rams turned my palace walls into rubble, its stones still rolling down from atop the hill, but now in a less frequent manner.
In my new works I have reached back into the graphical, lines that trace forms within and without, I'm touching the duality of what life can be, the dreams and the realities, the nights and the days, the negative to the positive, each have their twin in an underworld reflected, and I pass between the two.
Neurological landscapes I am and have been traveling trying to chart my way back home.
A gallery of oil paintings and limited edition prints from the artists most recent works. In these works there is distinct play on opposites, light verses dark, day verses night, negative verses positive and lines which are black become white. She is showing us what happens when our lives are flipped by a flick of a switch which sends electricity as a shock within her brain. How reality can be changed, how susceptible our entire being becomes. In some works the eyes are distant looking out from within with gentle confusion, a sense of loneliness asking us if we care to step in. She is using not so primitive symbolism, the spiral a basis of life and creation, the beginning and no end of the golden ratio as it spirals out. Lines which are the mouth and the breast bone are birds in flight. Lines which undulate like waves not of water instead waves from the brain. There is complexity to her paintings and should never be taken for face value, always in her works there are multitude of layers a multitude of meanings no matter how simple they first appear. Her paintings are works you can meditate on, getting lost in your own world of poetry and that is by design, the artist provides a door for the viewer to enter in freewill never dictating.
Words have long been part of my work, at times in my life my visual artworks creation has spilled much faster than a painted canvas could capture and words came to soak up my visual speed in that time. Other times life has kept me from my visual work and in those times words came to quench my thirst to visualize no matter what. I look back today and I understand I've never been able to divorce the two and at points they became one in the same as in my handmade books which were centerpieces to much broader work as in my installation works of Preservation, Family Album and Dreams of Reality, Reality of Dreams.
"This is an extraordinary piece of work. It is one of the best attempts to provide an equivalent to different levels of experience - verbal and visual, confessional, anecdotal and speculative - I have read.”
Dreams of Reality - Reality of Dreams
Tony Godfrey - Art Critic
I'm not yet fixed.
I look out from within.
My voice is silent I do not talk.
There are landscapes I walk alone.
There's another world I reside
and it's not here,
ANOTHER LAND WHERE I BELONG
The online portfolio is an extensive look back at over 30 years of the fine artists work, beginning with Family Album a multi-media work and art installation, where at 23 years of age the young artist examined her beginnings as a working class woman born in the East-End of London. Each period the artist has traveled informed the next. The history of her work in the gallery display sharply exposes how the autobiographical has always formed a foundation to her artworks creation and with a brutal honesty which has remained constant throughout the years. Visit the Retrospective....
Original Fine Art Oil Paintings and Limited Edition Prints are available from the PORTRAITS FROM WITHIN gallery of work.
Museum quality limited edition fine art prints are available as premium fine art archival giclée prints on fine art watercolor paper or as fine art giclée prints on stretched matte canvas ready to be hung.
Denise is a fine artist from London, she achieved her fine art degree at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London and gained her PhD in fine art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her artworks have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Oxford England, and achieved numerous awards and prizes. More...
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