BIOGRAPHY

Kristian Evju was born in 1980 in Kongsberg, Norway. He studied painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, and Chelsea College of Art, London from where he graduated in 2011.

He is best known for making enigmatic and unpredictable graphite drawings and paintings based on project-specific historical photography. He received the Conté à Paris Drawing Prize at Griffin Gallery, and the Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing in 2016, and he represented Britain in the Prix Canson Works on Paper in 2015. He was also awarded the Debutante Award at the National Annual Autumn Exhibition of the Arts in Oslo, first prize at Juvenarte, and he won NorskArt as a student in 2007. 

Evju has been exhibiting and lecturing in Pakistan, Italy, Germany, Norway, USA and UK. Solo exhibitions include Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (2018), Venet-Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm (2017/14) Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo (2017), Telemarksgalleriet/Lysbuen Museum of Art, Notodden (2015) KHÅK Kunsthall, Ålesund (2015), and Gallery 39K, Lahore (2013). He was represented at the 7th Drawing Biennale, Eislingen (2016) and he published the book Fingerpflanzen in collaboration with EU Literature Prize (2012) winner Anna Kim at Topalian & Milani (2017).

His work has been featured in numerous printed and online publications, including the Nu-Mode Magazine (New York), The Times (London), The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Friday Times of Pakistan (Lahore), Norwegian Financial Times (Oslo), Beautiful Bizarre Magazine (online), Widewalls (online), Empty Kingdom (online) and The Artist Magazine (UK).

Kristian Evju is represented by Venet Haus Galerie (Germany), Galleri Semmingsen (Oslo), Arthill Gallery (China) and Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh). 

CV

1980     Born, Kongsberg

2011      Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Fine Art

2007    Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Painting and Drawing

Lives and works in London

 

Selected solo exhibitions

2018   Perfect Strangers, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2017    The Way I Remember You Now, Venet Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm

2017    Machinations, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo

2016    Grenseland, Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg

2015    Assemble:Dissemble, Telemarksgalleriet Museum of Art, Notodden

2015    Lie me a River, Aalesund Art Society, Ålesund

2014    Dark River, Venet Haus Foundation, Neu-Ulm

2013    Memoirs of the Other, Gallery 39K, Lahore

2012    Memoirs of the Other, Accesso Contemporary Art, Pietrasanta

2012    Dark Skies, Dyrmyr Gallery, Kongsberg

2010    Limbus, Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg

2009   Faber-Castell and the Years of Distraction, Drawing Centre, Oslo

2008   Kristian Evju, Kongsberg Kunstforening, Kongsberg

 

Selected group exhibitions

2019 London Art Fair, Venet-Haus Galerie, London

2019    Intensity, House of St Barnabas (curator Paul Carey-Kent), London

2018    London Art Fair, Venet-Haus Galerie, London

2018    Winter Salon: Power Play, Concept Space, London

2017    Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Gallery AUB, Bournemouth

2017    The Amorist, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2017    London Art Fair, Venet-Haus Galerie, London

2017    Everything Exists Now, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London

2016    You Want the Moon, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

2016    In Focus, Arthill Gallery, London

2016    Die Kunst zu schenken, Schloss Rotschild, Stuttgart

2016    Derwent Art Prize, Trowbridge Arts, Trowbridge

2016    Jerwood Drawing Prize, Space Gallery, University of Bath, Bath

2016    Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London

2016    Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2016    RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

2016    7th Biennale der Zeichnung, Kunstverein Eislingen, Eislingen

2016    Open Studios, The League Residency, New York 

2016    London Art Fair, with Venet-Haus Galerie, London

2015    Griffin Gallery Open, Griffin Gallery, London

2015    Sammlung Schirm, Galerie Root, Berlin

2015    Second View, Venet-Haus Foundation, Neu-Ulm

2015    Sommerutstillingen, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo

2014    Art Fair, with Galerie Cornelissen, Cologne

2014    Open Studios, The League Residency, New York 

2013    NOAC, Royal College, London and Minerva Theatre, Chichester

2013    Assemble : Dissemble, Janinebean Gallery, Berlin

2013    Østlandsutstillingen, Akershus Centre for Contemporary Art, Lillestrøm

2013    Dark Skies, Rauland Art Society, Rauland

2013    Østlandsutstillingen, Stadtgalerie, Brunsbüttel

2012    100 Curators 100 Days, Saatchi Gallery, London

2012    Novemberutstillingen, Lyche Pavillion, Drammen Museum, Drammen

2012    Østlandsutstillingen, Gallery F15,  Moss

2012    Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

2012    Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, BayArt, Cardiff and Lanchester Gallery, Coventry

2011    Novemberutstillingen, Lyche Pavillion, Drammen Museum, Drammen

2011    The Others Art Fair, with Accesso Contemporary Art, Turin

2011    Metamorphosis, Islington Arts Factory, London

2011    Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London

2011    Juvenarte, Ramfjord Gallery, Oslo

2011    Accesso Contemporary Art, Pietrasanta

2011    Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize, Triangle Space, London

2011    Summer Salon, Islington Arts Factory, London

2011    Østlandsutstillingen, Hamar Centre for Contemporary Art, Hamar

2010    Østlandsutstillingen, Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin

2010    Interim, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2009    Østlandsutstillingen, Studio STAG, Vestfossen and Gallery Skårer, Oslo

2009    Aspect Prize, Paisley Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

2009    Spring Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2008    The Scottish Show, Thompson’s Marylebone Gallery, London

2008    Joint Exhibition of Drawings, The Prince’s Drawing School and ECA, London

2008    New Faces, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh

2007    Fresh 2007, The White Gallery, Dundee

2007    Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo and Trondheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Trondheim

2007    Juvenarte, DogA, Oslo

2007    The Next Step, Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 

2007    Joint Exhibition of Drawings, The Prince’s Drawing School and Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2007    NorskArt, La Viande, London

2007    Mood, Clarion Contemporary Art, London

2007    Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

 

Awards and nominations

2018   Winner: Most Ambitious, Winter Salon, Concept Space, London

2018   Winner: Overall Impact, Winter Salon, Concept Space, London

2016    Jerwood Drawing Prize (shortlisted), Jerwood Space, London

2016    Derwent Drawing Prize (shortlisted), Mall Galleries, London

2016    Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The League Residency, New York

2015    Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing, London Group Open, London

2015    Conté á Paris Drawing Prize, Griffin Gallery Open, London

2015    Categorically Painting Competition: Landscape, Jackson Art, London

2015    Griffin Art Prize (Longlisted), Griffin Gallery, London

2014    Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The League Residency, New York

2011     Jerwood Drawing Prize (shortlisted), Jerwood Space, London

2011     Brenda Landon Pye Prize (shortlisted), Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2007    Flesberg Municipality Award, Flesberg

2007    Winner of Juvenarte, DogA, Oslo 

2007    KEM’s Debutante Award, The National Annual Exhibition of the Arts, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo 

2007    Andrew Grant Bequest, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2007    Winner of NorskArt, La Viande, London 

2005    RMJM Award for Art and Architecture (shortlisted), Edinburgh

Collections

Venet-Haus Foundation

Schirm Collection

Argentero Collection

ICArt, Oslo

Department for Culture and Development, Buskerud County

Flesberg Municipality

Edinburgh College of Art

The Central Bank of Norway

ANSA

 

Residencies and Funding

2016    The League Residency at Vytlacil, New York

2016    Ruth Katzman Scholarship, New York

2016    Diversestipend, Norwegian Arts Council, Norway

2014    Ruth Katzman Scholarship, New York

2014    The League Residency at Vytlacil, New York