Simon Evan’s delicate text-based works are collaged and assembled from prosaic materials including found paper, scotch tape, pencil shavings, colored pencil and white out. They describe a world poised between two poles of earnestness and irony. With his wry brand of melancholy, Evans presents us with a veritable laundry list of drawings that take the form of diagrams, charts, maps, lexicons, diary entries, inventories, cosmologies and epistolary entreaties that plunge the viewer into alternate states of pathos and hope. Evans was born in 1972 in London, United Kingdom. A former pro-skateboarder and writer on the Vans tour, Evans found his voice as a visual artist and has been exhibiting since 2003.
Simon Evans’ work has been featured in the 12th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the 27th São Paulo Biennial in Brazil and the 2004 California Biennial at The Orange County Museum in Newport Beach. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH; Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg; Aspen Art Museum, CO; and White Columns, New York. Evans has also been included in international group exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, the Netherlands; Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany.
Simon Evans’ work is included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Aspen Art Museum, CO; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; Miami Art Museum, FL; Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA. Simon Evans currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his partner, Sarah Lannan.