LONDON ART FAIR 2017

My gallery Venet-Haus Galerie participated in the London Art Fair for the second time this year, featuring some of my latest works at stand 3 in the main fair. The fair was on from the 18th - 22nd of January, and proved a success for the gallery and gallery director Verena Schneider. 

 

EVERYTHING EXISTS NOW

8th of January - 18th of February 2017 at the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London. Two of my new pencil drawings from the Machinations project is part of this wonderful group show featuring drawing-based works. The exhibition brings together 13 artists who each reflect on their current moment through personal, political and historical viewpoints, united by the common lens of time. Hailing from different backgrounds and artistic practices, the final whole is a nod to the concept of Eternalism - a space in which each moment exists in and of itself, an endless loop in which all these points exist at once. If, indeed, the idea really is that Everything Exists Now, then all moments are present simultaneously. 

There will be an artist talk led by Daniel Barnes on Sunday the 12th of February from 4pm onwards. Please rsvp here

 

YOU WANT THE MOON

08th of December - 6th of January 2017. Group show featuring Kristian Evju, Marie Harnett, Michael Aurel-Fowler, Blair McLaughlin, Shelly Tregoning, Kirsty Whiten, Amy Winstanley, Charlotte Roseberry and Ross M. Brown. 

 

IN FOCUS - a Chinese collaboration.

On the 7th of December, some of my works will be part of the group show In Focus - a collaboration with the newly established Arthill Gallery in London. The gallery is part of the Chinese initiative Artcity Group founded in 1996 with spaces in London, Beijing and Shandong.  I will be showing alongside the brilliant Wang Chuangchuang and Wang Chaggan. Please RSVP for the PV here

Image: Punchcard III (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper. Used on the poster on this news page only. 

Image: Punchcard III (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper. Used on the poster on this news page only. 

The Art of Giving - group show in Stuttgart

On the 10th of November the group show Die Kunst zu Schenken opened at the Vertiva Family Office in Stuttgart. The show is a collaboration between director of Venet-Haus Galerie Verena Schneider and the Vertiva Family Office. New works from my projects Machinations were shown alongside works by the brilliant Dieter Blum, Uli Pohl, Gunther Uecker, and the Connor Brothers.

Lunchtime Talk with Ben Johnson as Jerwood opens in Bath. 

The Jerwood Drawing Prize is currently touring the UK, showing at The Edge, Bath 4th November - 17th December. I will be doing a talk with my good friend and fellow Jerwood exhibitor Ben Johnson at lunchtime on the 30th of November. Places can be booked here. The exhibition will be on show until the 17th of December before it travels to Turnpike Arts Centre in Leigh, Lancashire reopening on the 14th of January - 12th March 2017.  

Background image: Kristian Evju, Punchcard (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Background image: Kristian Evju, Punchcard (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Derwent Art Prize 2016

My diptych Instructions III & IV (2016) was selected for the Derwent Art Prize this year. The selection panel consisted of Meryl Ainslie, Director and Founder of Rabley Drawing Centre; Eileen Cooper RA, Painter and Printmaker, and Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools, and Michael Glover, art critic at The Independent and London correspondent for ARTNews, New York. The opening took place on the 19th of September at the Mall Galleries, and the show has since toured the UK, with the final showing at Trowbridge Arts from 30th September - 19th of November. 

 

 

I have been invited to talk about my drawings at an introduction to the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 - with artists included in the exhibition.  The talk will be introduced and led by Paul Thomas, artist and co-founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.  The exhibition will open late between 5-8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London, on the last Friday of every month. The Artists’ Floor Talk will begin at 6.30pm. It is free to attend, but booking is required via Eventbrite.      

I have been invited to talk about my drawings at an introduction to the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 - with artists included in the exhibition.  The talk will be introduced and led by Paul Thomas, artist and co-founder of the Jerwood Drawing Prize. 

The exhibition will open late between 5-8pm as part of SLAM Fridays, the late night opening of galleries in South London, on the last Friday of every month. The Artists’ Floor Talk will begin at 6.30pm. It is free to attend, but booking is required via Eventbrite.

 

 

 

Opening of KHÅK Kunsthall

Since my solo show in Aalesund Kunstforening in November 2015, I have been invited back to take part in the inaugural exhibition as they are moving premises and becoming KHÅK Kunsthall in collaboration with the Foundation for Kjell Holm's Collection. The opening of the new Kunsthall will take place on the 13th of August, and it will be marked by exhibiting 15 artists that have been showing in Aalesund Kunstforening previously. The participating artists:

Sidsel Colbiørnsen, Kristian Evju, Terje Fagermo, Camilla Grythe, Håkon Gullvåg, Petter Hepsø, Marianne Heske, Ørnulf Opdahl, Kristina Roald Sandøy, Vibeke Slyngstad, Nina Sundbye, Kjell Torriset, Håkon Vikhagen, Frand Widerberg, Nico Widerberg.

The exhibition will be open to the public  from the 13th August - 29th of September.  I will be showing 5 new paintings. 

Intendant Anne Standal at the initiation of KHÅK Kunsthall on the 13th of August, in front of my three paintings, Velvet Bloom XIX, Reverend, and Reverend II. Photo by Kristian Evju 2016.

Intendant Anne Standal at the initiation of KHÅK Kunsthall on the 13th of August, in front of my three paintings, Velvet Bloom XIX, Reverend, and Reverend II. Photo by Kristian Evju 2016.

 

 

Jerwood Drawing Prize, London

My pencil drawing Punchcard was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016. The show will be open to the public on the 14th of September, and this years selectors were:

Glenn Brown (Artist), Stephanie Buck (director of Kupferstich-Kabinett at Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden), and Paul Hobson (director of Modern Art Oxford)

Punchcard (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper (right). Installation shot courtesy of Jerwood and photographer Hydar Dewachi, 2016. 

Punchcard (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper (right). Installation shot courtesy of Jerwood and photographer Hydar Dewachi, 2016. 

 

 

7th Drawing Biennale, Kunstverein Eislingen

Three of the drawings in my project Punchcard is included in the 7th Drawing Biennale at the wonderful Kunstverein Eislingen in Germany this summer. The show opened on the 24th of June, and will be running until the 31st of July. A catalogue can be provided upon request. 

 

RA Summer Exhibition 2016

I am pleased to say that one of my drawings, Punchcard VII, has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show 2016. The show will open to the public on the 13th of June and it remains open until the 21st of August. 

Punchcard VII (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Punchcard VII (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

 

 

Solo show: Grenseland

On the 4th of June my solo show Grenseland* will open at Gulden Kunstverk in Steinberg, Norway. I will be showing a brand new series of paintings alongside other works made over the last three years. 

I will share the beautiful, but massive gallery space with the wonderfully talented Kristin Vestgård, and together we have decided to let the title Grenseland encompass both our separate projects. 

The show will open at 2pm, Saturday 4th of June, and the show lasts until the 26th. 

Opening hours: 

Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 17pm. 

*Norwegian, meaning Borderlands

Velvet Bloom XIX (detail, 2016) 120x120 cm, acrylic on linen.

Velvet Bloom XIX (detail, 2016) 120x120 cm, acrylic on linen.

 

New York Residency

For the second time in two years I will be spending a month in residency in  New York. I received the Ruth Katzman Scholarship through the Art Students League of New York, and will be spending four intensive weeks in their Vytlacil studios in April. 

Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh, 2016

Punchcard II and VII are currently on show at Arusha Gallery in Edinburgh. This is  the start of a new collaboration, and I am very excited to be showing with them. My first proper show with them will take place in December this year. 

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Venet Haus - London Art Fair 2016

My current drawing project Punchcard will be exhibited at the Venet Haus stand at the London Art Fair 20th - 24th of January this year. This is the first year my German gallery Venet Haus is participating, so we are all excited. The private will take place on the 19th - please get in touch regarding tickets etc. 

 

 

Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing

My drawing Punchcard IV was accepted into the juried annual London Group Open exhibition at The Cello Factory in London earlier this month, and was on show in the 2nd part of the exhibition. 

On Friday 6th of November I received the Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing. 

Yours truly with Dr Ian Rowley (right), who presented the prize. Behind us on the wall - Punchcard IV (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Yours truly with Dr Ian Rowley (right), who presented the prize. Behind us on the wall - Punchcard IV (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Lie Me a River - solo show in Norway

On the 26th of September I opened my solo show Lie Me a River at Aalesund Art Centre in the beautiful Norwegian city Ålesund. The show consisted of a collection of 31 paintings and drawings from the last 3 years. The show was very well received, and ended on the 18th of October.

Image from Aalesund Kunstforening  - grid of drawings from Dark Skies (2012 - 2013), and 4 paintings from Velvet Bloom (2014 - 2015). 

Image from Aalesund Kunstforening  - grid of drawings from Dark Skies (2012 - 2013), and 4 paintings from Velvet Bloom (2014 - 2015). 

 

Velvet Bloom XVI wins painting prize

On the 4th of September, the Jackson's Art Supplies Blog announced that my painting Velvet Bloom XVII won their Categorically Acrylic Painting Competition, in the category for works depicting landscape. The prize consists of free art materials from Golden Paints, the paint that was used in the production of the painting. It is of course very welcome indeed. 

Velvet Bloom XVI (2015) 120x120 cm, acrylic on linen.

Velvet Bloom XVI (2015) 120x120 cm, acrylic on linen.

Conté à Paris Drawing Prize winner

On Wednesday the 22nd of July I received the Conté à Paris Drawing Prize at the Griffin Gallery Open in London. Out of more than 2500 applicants, 93 artists were selected to show at the Griffin Gallery and shortlisted for three awards - The Liquitex Acrylic Painting Prize, Winsor & Newton Painting Prize, and Conté à Paris Drawing Prize. The selection panel consisted of artist Ian Davenport, Chief Executive at the Saatchi Gallery Nigel Hurst, and Director of the Griffin Gallery Becca Pelly-Fry. 

Photo courtesy of London Live and Griffin Gallery. Punchcard (2015) and Punchcard II (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

Photo courtesy of London Live and Griffin Gallery. Punchcard (2015) and Punchcard II (2015) 50x50 cm, pencil on paper.

 

 

Summer 2015 - group shows

Galleri Semmingsen - summer show, June 4th - 30th. Showing alongside Christine Istad, Thea Andenæs, Helle Kaarem, Joachim Cossais, Esther Bjørneboe, Janine Magelssen and Marius Schultz. 

Galleri Laszka - summer show, 26th June - 31st July. Showing alongside Magnus Gjoen, Zsolt Vidak, Trude Semb, Merete Løndal, Maria Prestmo, Dag Solhaug, Hans F. Asbjørnsen, Baris, Akzambaklar. Private view on 6PM Friday 26th June. 

Venet Haus - The Second View, August 13th - September 13th. Will update with more details as we get closer. 

Feel free to get in touch for more details via my contact page.

 

Assemble : Dissemble - solo show at Telemarksgalleriet/Lysbuen Museum of Art

Saturday 18th of April saw the opening of my solo show Assemble: Dissemble at the enormous industrial hall in Telemarksgalleriet, the old birthplace of Hydro that is now a museum of art and one of Norway's largest showrooms for contemporary art. Together with the board of directors, I have been planning this exhibition for over two years, and am showing more than 50 works spanning 3 years of studio practice. Quite late in the planning, we invited the incredibly talented local artist Knut Odden to utilise the floor space as a parallel solo show, and we entered a very beneficial dialogue that is currently on show. 

The show was opened by director Helene Brekke, the mayors of Kongsberg and Notodden municipalities, and the winner of Spellemannsprisen 2015 Daniel Eriksen shared some delta blues slide guitar. There will be an artist talk open to the public at 7PM on the 21st of May, and the works are on show until the 31st. 

For more information visit www.telemarksgalleriet.no or contact me directly. 

 

 

Dark River  - Solo show at the Galerie in Venet-Haus

Dark River will be on show at the Venet-Haus Gallery in Neu-Ulm, Germany from the 16th of September - 17th of October. 

This show marks the start of a new collaboration with the gallery. On show is 13 drawings and 4 paintings in a collection put together from both early and very recent work. For more information visit http://www.galerie-im-venet-haus.de

The Dark River catalogue is available as hard copy or as PDF:

http://issuu.com/kristianevju/docs/dark_river_-_catalogue_for_venet-ha?e=5544384/9226485

http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5564627-dark-river

Photo from the opening night on the 16th of September. Courtesy of the Venet-Haus Foundation, 2014. 

Photo from the opening night on the 16th of September. Courtesy of the Venet-Haus Foundation, 2014. 

 

 

Links to older posts and articles:

 

Empty Kingdom - Kristian Evju, by the Blind Architect 

Widewalls - State of Limbo

Sommermagasinet for Numedal - Internasjonal Kunstner med Røtter i Numedal

We Are Elseware - Behind the Artist

The Friday Times - In Remembrance of Things Past

The Other Art Fair - In the Studio: Kristian Evju

Nordic Design - Artist of the Month

Creative Choices - Being a Visual Artist

The Tribune - Memoirs of the Other opens at 39K

Dagens Næringsliv - På Kanten Bilder

The Times - Looking for Affordable Art? Taking a risk at new graduates can pay off

Culture Wars - Intelligent Art

Stylist - A Knitted Blue Tit

Brenda Landon Pye Portrait Prize - Feathers & Bags

Jerwood Drawing Prize - Artist Directory

Quietlunch - Eavesdropping

Coffee Table Stories - First International Solo Show

The Trend Boutique - Graduate Shows 2011

Simplista na Pista - As Pinturas Fotorealistas Bizarras do Norueguês Kristian Evju

Laagendalsposten - Ny Milepæl for Kristian EvjuKlar for Høstutstillingen, Tegner Hverdagsøyeblikk, Alle Gode Ting Er Tre, Blir Festivalkunstner, Evju Viser Gateblogg, Den Nye Evju, Evju Debuterer som Maler

Underskog - Kristian Evju i Galleri Ramfjord

Onionmag - Norske Illustratører

This Is Tomorrow - Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011

Artfridge - London: Chelsea MA Fine Art Degree Show 2011

Høstutstillingen - Catalogue 2007, Catalogue 2012

Fashion Installation - 100 Curators 100 Days

Tegnerforbundet - Artist Register

Janinebean Gallery - Artist Profile

Kunstforeninger - Kristian Evju

Norwegian Embassy - Berlin

Art Glossary - MA show in Chelsea College of Art and Design