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.
Evan exhibits throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and has work in significant collections in Singapore, Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, and New Zealand, including the prestigious Wallace Arts Trust in Auckland.
His recent exhibitions include Tauranga Art Gallery, Sydney Contemporary at Carriageworks, Spring 1883 in Melbourne, and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. He has collaborated with Jaguar Singapore, BMW Australia, performers, musicians and fashion designers to extend his painting practice beyond the wall.
Writer Lucinda Bennett referred to these works as Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems, and visualisations of a new kind of urbanism”, and they propose a fluid way of encountering the world, where the world itself is fluid and porous.
Evan lives in Auckland, Tamaki Makaurau, New Zealand.
8th Beijing International Art Biennial, August 2019
Selected Exhibitions links
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