THE WAY I REMEMBER YOU NOW - SOLO SHOW AND BOOK LAUNCH
28th July - 10th September, Venet-Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm.
On Friday the 28th of July I had the pleasure of opening my second solo show with the wonderful Venet-Haus Galerie in Neu-Ulm. Gallery director Verena Schneider and I wanted the solo show to coincide with the launch of a book project we have been working on in collaboration with EU Literature Prize winner of 2012 Anna Kim and Topalian & Milani Verlag over the last year. The exhibition is currently open, and the book was launched with a conversation between Anna Kim and myself in the gallery on the 28th, and another talk at the BBK Ulm Künstlerhaus on the 29th. The book Fingerpflanzen will be available for purchase from the 10th of August in all German book stores. For more information about how to get the book, click here or contact me directly.
MACHINATIONS - SOLO SHOW AT GALLERI SEMMINGSEN
After two years of planning, my solo show Machinations opened at Galleri Semmingsen in Oslo on the 30th of March this year. The show consisted of a collection of 9 drawings and 6 paintings from my latest project Machinations, and this was my very first solo show with Semmingsen. It was an absolute fantastic experience for me, and I am very proud of how the show turned out in the end. For reviews and articles:
Fascinerende Åpninger eller Onde Hensikter, Lars Elton, Dagsavisen, 4 April 2017
Malestrøk og Synsbedrag, Annicken Dedekam Råde, Kulturmagasinet Plnty, 19 Mars 2017
Figurasjon på Postmoderne Premisser, Paul Grøtvedt, Dokument, 11 April 2017
Nye Verk som Viser Intriger, Mona Sandviken, Laagendalsposten, 15 Mars 2017
Hva er Motivet på Coveret, Gullaug Pless, Feelgood Magasinet, 2 April 2017
There was also an artist panel talk led by art critic Lars Elton at Tegnerforbundet, where I was able to discuss the importance of drawing as interpretation of reality and contemporary culture, and as a tool to contemplate both future and past. I was joined at the panel by the three excellent drawing artists Vanna Bowles, Sverre Malling and Christian Messel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 17pm.
*Norwegian, meaning Borderlands
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Links to older posts and articles:
Empty Kingdom - Kristian Evju, by the Blind Architect
Widewalls - State of Limbo
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
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 Evju, Klar 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
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