Geraint Evans is interested in the ways in which we perceive, encounter and experience the natural world and read it as landscape. His figurative paintings employ a stylized pictorial language to explore the idea that landscape is largely a social and cultural construct, responding to the writer W J T Mitchell’s observation that: “Landscape is a natural scene mediated by culture.”
His work depicts manicured or fabricated gardens and parks, shopping malls and suburban green belts, national parks and theme parks. The fictional protagonists that populate these landscapes include heavy metal campers, nudist hikers and ornamental hermits.
Geraint is interested in both the hybridized space in which the built and natural environments meet and in our complex perception of the wilderness. The effect of ever evolving technologies and mass tourism on our relationship with the natural world is another important aspect of his practice.
Geraint Evans grew up in Swansea and studied at Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1993. His solo exhibitions include Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales 2012; Wilkinson Gallery, London 2000 and 2004; Chapter, Cardiff 2001; Glynn Vivian, Swansea 2002 and CASA, Salamanca, Spain 2003.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia 2013; CAST, Hobart, Tasmania 2012; The Lion and Lamb, London 2013; Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool 2011; Shanghai Art Gallery China 2010; Seongnam Art Centre, Korea 2010; ICA, University of Pennsylvania USA 2007; The City Gallery, Prague 2004 and The Approach, London 2003 and 1999.
Geraint has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada and, in 2003 received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship. He was awarded a prize at the John Moores Contemporary Painting Exhibition in 2008.
His work is held in the collections of Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli; The British Embassy, Berlin; the Colas Foundation, France and the Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull. He is currently the Acting Pathway Leader for BA Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London.