Gavin Evans

Date: 19/September/2016 Category:

David Bowie portrait

About the artist:

Photographer Gavin Evans is renowned for his individual take on photography. His work has been reproduced in a multitude of publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, Vogue, Time Out and Tempo magazine.

Evans’ photographs have featured in and on the covers of books and biographies of subjects such as David Bowie, Carlos Acosta and Iggy Pop. He has received commissions from Amnesty International, ActionAid, Film4, 4Creative and the BBC.

Evans has produced powerful images when working with those from the world of music, film and theatre – Björk, Nick Cave, Daniel Craig, Terry Gilliam Gary Oldman, Sir Ian McKellen, Annie Lennox, Gore Vidal, Harvey Keitel and David Bowie are some of the many luminaries to come under his focus. His interest in theatre and the performing arts has always been at the fore of his work.

The National Theatres of London and Scotland, The Bristol Old Vic, De La Guarda, Cirque Archaos, DV8, Robert LePage, Rufus Norris, Tom Morris and Romeo Castellucci have sought his talent. Saddlers Wells commissioned      Evans to create the poster of The Pet Shop Boy’s ballet ‘The Most Incredible Thing’. The 2006 Venice Dance Biennale poster featured his image created for choreographer Javier De Frutos. In 1993 Evans embarked on ‘dis’, an ambitious collaboration with 10 internationally published and renowned writers. Arthur Miller, Yengenij Reine and Nobel Prize winners Wole Soyinka and Joseph Brodsky took up the challenge to create original text to accompany Evans’ images. The artworks he produced examined the power of information. Human rights issues and personal reflections about torture, control, persuasion, subjugation, enslavement, deceit, lies, and childhood were explored. ‘dis’ was exhibited at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and featured in Fotofeis; the first international touring collection Scottish contemporary photography.

In 1996 Gavin Evans initiated ‘touch’ a project investigating the theme of personal space that continues to evolve. His images have featured in group exhibitions at MoMA, The V&A and The British Library and his film works ‘Diving’ and ‘The Audition’ have premiered at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Fergus Linehan, director of The Edinburgh International Festival, commissioned Evans in 2015 to visually re-brand the EIF. Striking portraits of 8 renowned artists including; Juliet Binoche, Ivan Fischer, Simon McBurney and Anne Sophie Mutter spearheaded the EIF campaign.

Evans resides in Berlin where he has established The Institute gallery and events space.