Kristian Evju

Since graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2007, Norwegian artist Kristian Evju has won considerable acclaim on the international fine arts stage. Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2016), the Derwent Drawing Prize (2016), twice recipient of the Ruth Katzman Scholarship in New York (2016 and 2014), and the winner of the Conté à Paris Drawing Prize (London) as well as the Flesberg Municipality Award (Flesberg, Norway), Evju’s work has won admirers among a truly global clientele.

Utilising acrylic and pencil on both linen and paper, Evju depicts highly stylised theatrical scenes in a technically outstanding, expertly detailed realism rare amongst contemporary artists. Subjects are culled from the tapestry of history, and naturalist textures -- from the ripple of cloth to the moisture of skin -- sit in pleasing contrast with arithmetical patterns more often associated with the ancient world of ritual and worship.