GME FEB 2016 SQ CROP MID 6 

GRAEME MORTIMER EVELYN

Graeme Mortimer Evelyn is a multi media visual artist, musician and curator – whose varied body of work comments on cultural social identity, politics and language. He describes these narratives forming – “when fragments of relation, memory, society, identity and modernity, which seem disparate at first, come together to form a whole”His works have been displayed and collected in Princeton University Center for African American Studies NJ, Cornell University NY, Kensington Palace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Museum in Docklands, Gloucester Cathedral, Watershed and M-Shed Bristol.

Evelyn has developed a reputation for creating work that is situated in municipal buildings, sites of memory and places of worship that subvert these settings and philosophies. His intention is that his art acts as a catalyst – attracting new audiences to seek alternative dialogues and challenging questions, enabling a democratisation of public spaces. His subversion of the institutional does not stop there, as his works often reflect that ‘institution” denotes systems, memorial, edifice, myth, belief and popular opinion.

Many of the commissioned project work engages with contested histories and heritage, which has often required detailed archival research and an acute sensitivity to collective social issues and ideas. This process is challenging and thought provoking for both artist and audience, causing to question the essence of what brings people into a conversation with a work of contemporary art.

His use of detailed in-depth subject research creates the framework and give context to his experimental use of varied and diverse mediums, such as the 55min video essay  The Two Coins: Meditations on Trade  (2007). This poignant, factual and objective work was filmed staging imagined historical reenactments within UNESCO heritage sites and locations in Ghana, Mali, Malawi and the UK, documenting the dormant history of the Trans – Atlantic Slave Trade as silent meditation.

In 2009, Evelyn was commissioned by the Museum of Bristol to subvert historical record. The result of extensive research and an old Chinese gambling table – the museum acquired the large painted relief sculpture, Reading the Riot (Act), a permanent work on display for their new contemporary art collection. It is an uncompromising and challenging statement on the long history of British public dissent. Unveiled in 2011; the year of unprecedented rioting in London and other European capitals and the “Arab Spring”, Reading the Riot (Act) became strangely prophetic.

In 2011, Evelyn was Artist-in-Residence at St. Stephen’s Church Bristol, commissioned to create a large scale permanent contemporary altarpiece, the Reconciliation Reredos.  Set within one of the oldest churches in Bristol, historically significant as the harbour church that blessed every merchant slave vessel before their voyage; the Reconciliation Reredos is a contemporary artwork of universal reconciliation, that responds to the church’s past, reflects the voices of the city today while representing the potential of the future. The work has established Evelyn as the first ever Black British Artist to complete such a commission in Europe.

He also presented the exclusive solo exhibition Out of Many, One at the Jamaica High Commission during the London2012 Olympics and Jamaica 50 and was guest curator of contemporary Jamaican film for Afrika Eye 2012 International Film Festival. In 2013/14, Evelyn created the critically acclaimed site-specific installation Call and Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor  – a contemporary response to John Van Nost’s Bust of a Moor (1688) commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces and The Royal Collection Trust – exhibited within the Queens State apartments at Kensington Palace.

In Feb 2015 Evelyn was CoLab Festival Artist in Residence at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance directing an improvisational fusion of automatic drawing with the conservatoires contemporary dance and jazz / classical music students. Recently, Evelyn co – curated the major landmark UK exhibition Jamaican Pulse – Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora - commissioned by The Royal West of England Academy for June 25 – Sept 11 2016, in partnership with the Jamaican High Commission, National Gallery of Jamaica and The Bluecoat Liverpool supported by Arts Council England.

Evelyn has contributed to discussions on the role of public art for Museum in Docklands London Festival of Architecture, Virtual Migrants series at the Arnolfini, the Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity conference in Bridgetown, Barbados and for the International Curators Forum / Asia Culture Centre symposium Curating the International Diaspora for the 2016 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.

Apart from continuing to develop a new body of work entitled, Inward Gaze, Outward Focus, exploring automatic experimental drawing, audio/visual technology and relief sculpture informed by his synaesthesia reaction to sound, music and the solo improvisations of prominent Jazz musicians – Evelyn is currently commissioned as Artist in Residence by the London Diocese to create a permanent large scale contemporary Reredos (altarpiece) The Eternal Engine for their first new church built in the capital for over 40 years situated Tottenham Hale, St Francis at the Engine Room scheduled to be unveiled for September 2017.

GRAEME MORTIMER EVELYN LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON  

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

SEPT 2013    Call and Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor Queens State Apartments Kensington Palace, London

JULY 2012     Out of Many, One PART II - Jamaican High Commission, London

APR 2012      Out of Many, One PART I - The Royal Commonwealth Society, London

AUG 2010     The Weird and Wonderful Lost and Found PART II Tapped and Packed, London

APR 09/10    The Stations of the Cross Saint Stephen’s Church, Bristol

OCT 2008     The Weird and Wonderful Lost and Found PART I Severnshed Restaurant, Bristol

MAR 2008     The Narratives of the Journey The George Gallery, Newnham on Severn

NOV 2007     The Two Coins: Meditations on Trade - Moving Image Watershed Media Centre, Bristol

FEB 06/07    The Stations of the Cross Gloucester Cathedral

JUNE 2003   Phone Booth Carnival Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

OCT 1998     Consistency of Oil Skate n Ride, Bristol

AUG 1998     BurnTheMall Skate n Ride, Bristol

JAN 1998      I Work in this Building The Greenhouse Restaurant, Bristol

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

JUNE 2016   Jamaican Pulse  The Royal West of England Academy Bristol

SEPT 2014    Navigations 3FF Red Gallery London

NOV 2012     State of the Art Lyes and Jones Arch 402 London

SEPT 2008   Voices Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

OCT 2003     Retox International Contemporary Art Festival Bristol

FEB 2000     Winter Exhibits The Hanging Space Gallery, London

APR 1999     Spring Exhibits The Hanging Space Gallery London

OCT 1996     The Clockhouse Open Laxfield, Suffolk

AWARDS

APR 2013     Arts Council England GFTA award Call and Responses

FEB 2010     Arts Council England GFTA award The Next Level

JUN 2009    Heritage Lottery Fund award Reconciliation Reredos

DEC 2007    The Pierian Centre Funding for The Two Coins

MAR 2007   Society of Merchant Venturers Funding The Two Coins

FEB 2007    Arts Council England GFTA award Bristol City Council Abolition200 award The Two Coins

SEPT 2005  Arts Council England GFTA award Stations of the Cross

COMMISSIONS

NOV 2016    The Eternal Engine  Saint Francis at the Engine Room London

JAN 2015     Jamaican Pulse  The Royal West of England Academy Bristol

APR 2013     Call and Responses Kensington Palace / HRP London

AUG 2012    Nanny Maroon Private collector London

MAY 2012    Ruby Fountain Wetherspoons Yate

JAN 2011     Reconciliation Reredos Saint Stephen’s Church Bristol

SEPT 2009  Reading the Riot (Act) M-Shed New Museum of Bristol

MAR 2005   Mariona Dr Claudi and Dr Mariona Ferrer, Majorca Spain

SEPT 1999  Manmovement (mural) Whitefriars Building, Bristol

JUNE 1998  Unity (mural) Glastonbury Festival, Jazz World Stage

EXPERIENCE 

FEB 2003      Founding member and chairperson of Jamaica Street Artists Bristol, the largest artist led studios in South West, UK.

JULY 2008    Panelist A Role for Public Art for London Festival of Architecture Museum in Docklands London on the theme of Public Art and Social Debate.

OCT 2009     Discussion, Video and Live Performance with Virtual Migrants at the Arnolfini, Bristol C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture – an                                         exhibition by artist -activist group PLATFORM and their collaborators.

DEC 2009     Panelist Networks that Work for You for the Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity conference in Bridgetown, Barbados.

JUNE 2011   Curator Site Festival Open exhibition The Museum in the Park  Stroud

JULY 2011    Granted exclusive access to The Royal Library at Windsor Castle catalogues of Leonardo da Vinci’s preparatory Drawings of The Last Supper                           and his studies of Anatomy,  Divinity and the Grotesque.

NOV 2012     Curator and panelist of Contemporary Jamaican Film for the Afrika Eye 2012 International Film Festival at the  Watershed Media Centre Bristol.

FEB 2015      Artist-in-Residence for Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance CoLab Festival 2015 – directing an improvisational fusion of visual art                           with the conservatoires contemporary dance and jazz music students

SEPT 2015    One of the Panel Selectors for the RWA 163 Annual Open Exhibition

JUNE 2016    Co Curator Jamaican Pulse – Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora  for The Royal West of England Academy

SEPT 2016    International Curators  Forum / Asia Culture Centre symposium Curating the International Diaspora 2016 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea.

NOV 2016     Artist-in-Residence commissioned by the London Diocese to create a permanent large scale contemporary Reredos (altarpiece) The Eternal                               Engine situated Tottenham Hale London, St Francis at the Engine Room

 

EDUCATION

1995 – 1996  Woodblock, printmaking, natural dye and ink  Rajasthan / Ahmedabad, India and Kathmandu, Nepal

1992 – 1995  Graphic Fine Art and Printmaking BA (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

1991 – 1992  Art Access Foundation, Barnfield College, Luton

1988 – 1990  Business Marketing HND, Thames University, London