Evan Woodruffe (b.1965) brings the extraordinary into the ordinary. Whether on a wall or a luxury motorcar, his paintings sing with colour and vibrating patterns.
Writer Lucinda Bennett referred to these works as Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems, and visualisations of a new kind of urbanism”, where the world itself is fluid and porous.
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, and with regular exhibitions nationally, Evan has exhibited across the wider Asia-Pacific region since 2014, with shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing and Chengdu, China.
Painting remains the core of Evan’s practice, both as artworks in themselves and providing the imagery for printing onto fabrics, furniture, automobiles, and architecture.
As his practice grows to include more cross-discipline work, Evan has collaborated with Jaguar Singapore, BMW Australia, musician Estere, drag performer Elibra Fleur, designers Veronica Harland, Tanya Kakoma, and Strangely Normal.
Evan is a long-standing supporter of the visual arts, not only as an artist, but as a collector, sponsor, teacher, and advocator. He has run Akepiro Street Studios, home to over a dozen artists, since 2008, and is a regular contributor to community events such as Artweek Auckland.
Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, December 2019
Selected Exhibitions links
Poetry of the White Cloud Roof Space, Chengdu 2019
Beijing International Art Biennale National Art Museum, Beijing 2019
Until science finds a cure for our condition, remain medicated PAULNACHE 2019
cobalt float, Gallery 9, Sydney 2019
the world is porous, Tauranga Art Gallery 2018
Art of Performance collaboration with Jaguar Singapore 2018
9x2=18 PAULNACHE 2018
Nowhere to Somewhere, PAULNACHE 2018
Sydney Contemporary PAULNACHE 2017
Village Huha PAULNACHE 2017
Spring 1883 Melbourne PAULNACHE 2016
Lost Dimension, WooSpace, Beijing 2016
Auckland Art Fair PAULNACHE 2016
Graffiti Lounge, PAULNACHE 2016
Intellectual Fashion Show, Gus Fisher, Auckland 2016
Hypnic Jerks PAULNACHE 2015
Dodge, Rear Window, Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2015
Here Comes Everyone OREXART 2015
Considered, M Contemporary, Sydney 2015
UNfold FourFOLD, Ferriera Projects, London 2015
Melbourne Art Fair PAULNACHE 2014
tattered by attempting moonbeams OREXART 2014
7 x 2 = 14 PAULNACHE 2014
Art for the People! with Catherine Ellis, 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery 2013
Drawn Back Te Koputu a te whanga a Toi, Whakatane 2013
The Memory Archive OREXART 2012
Voyeur, with Imogen Taylor, K’Road, Auckland Art Week 2012
Time is a Thief OREXART 2011
The Dangerous Looseness of Doom OREXART 2010
Scene OREXART 2008
Lost Blue Heaven OREXART 2005
Laid Down OREXART 2003
Re: Evan Woodruffe, artist and Collector 2019
In the Studio Wallace Arts Trust 2017
Graffiti Lounge 2016
Evan Woodruffe Hypnic Jerks 2015
ElGenaidi, D. (2018). A View from the Easel Hyperallergic.
Gardiner, S. (2017). Dabbling with Consciousness, Art Collector (SC17 Special Edition).
Seed, J. (2016). Assertively Decorative, Huffington Post.
Bennett, L. (2016). Wet Maps: Evan Woodruffe's Painted Networks, Art New Zealand 157
Seed, J. (2015). Heightened Perceptions, Poets & Artists 65.
Marshall, J. (2005). The Dialectic of Terror & Temptation, Art New Zealand 117.
MFA (1st Class), University of Auckland
Post-Graduate Art & Design, AUT
2011 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award
2003 Becroft Premier Award