When making my work it is my intention to make the form as economic in line and texture as possible while offering an infinite number of references. With their humanistic imperfections and mimicry I strive to convey an ample softness that is suggestively tactile. The anatomical references are ambiguous never literal as I wish the work to be hypothetical, displaying any number of possibilities. The ideas for my work come from a variety of sources they get noted, forgotten, remembered and used, but rarely in away I had originally foreseen.
I use a combination of glazes and lustres to create a rich surface functioning as a translucent sealant similar to that of vacuum-packed products helping to exaggerate the pieces fluidity. On other work I have been using terra sigillata, which gives the appearance of a softer malleable surface that contrasts sharply with the clay’s brittle reality.
Above all I am seeking to produce work that has an underlying familiarity that can give rise to a smile.
NAME: James Robert Evans
Masters Degree in Fine Art. University of Colorado, USA.
Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Ceramics. Central School of Art, London.
DATEC Diploma in General Art and Design. Ipswich, Suffolk.
November 2007 Galerie Sandra Buergel, Berlin, Germany.
May 2005 ‘Plaisantin’ at COSA Gallery, London
May 2002 ‘Hypoplastic’ Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK.
June 2001 Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales.
December 1996. Tram Depot Gallery, London.
December 1990. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark.
April 2008 “Willcommen To Realtiy”, Galerie Sandra Buergel, Berlin, Germany
February 2008 ‘Ten years innit!’, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
October 2007 ‘Zoo’, Royal Academy, London.
February 2006 ‘Collect’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
January 2005 ‘Collect’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum,London
June 2004 ‘Art on the Grass’, Kent ,UK
February 2004 ‘Collect’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
January 2004 Museo Internazionale Ceramiche In Faenza, Italy
June 2003 The 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino, Japan
June 2002 ‘Art on the Grass’, Kent, UK.
September 2001 Jerwood Exhibition, Crafts Council Gallery, London.
August 2001 ‘Beneath The Surface’, Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester, Glos, UK.
July 2001 Danielle Arnaud presents ‘a month in the garden’, at the Museum of Garden History, London
October 2000 The Old Warehouse Gallery, Dorchester, Dorset, UK.
January 2000. ‘Ripe’, Crafts Council Gallery, London.
April 1999-to date. Current Collection, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London.
September 1998. ‘Atlantic Crossing’, Barbican Centre, London.
November 1995. Galerie Handwerk Koblenz, Germany.
July 1992. East Open Exhibition, Kent, UK.
July 1990. Open Exhibition, Galleri Marius, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2002 London Visual Arts Artists Fund, London Arts.
2002 Woo Charitable Foundation Bursary
1990 Research Award, University of Colorado.
1987 Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Colorado.
Victoria and Albert Museum
November 2005 Ceramics Art and Perception. Issue no.61
June 2003 ‘Sex Pots’ Eroticism in Ceramics by Paul Mathieu
March/April 2000 Ceramic Review Issue number 182
January 2000 ‘Ripe’ Crafts Council Publication
Dec 1998/Jan 1999 Keramik Magazin
March 2000 Crafts Council, London.
March 1997. Chelsea School of Art, Ceramics.
November 1995. Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘Three Dimensional Values’ Sculpture Class.
Feb.1993/June 2004. Ceramic teacher for Hammersmith and Fulham, CLLS.
Jan. – Dec. 1989. Ceramic tutor, University of Colorado.
January 1997. Assistant to Richard Deacon.
May - Dec. 1995. Education Assistant at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Jan. – Dec. 1992. Artist in Residence at the Addison Centre, London.
April – June 1991. Visiting Artist at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA.
Sept.’90 – Feb.’91. Artist in Residence, Kent College, Kent.