Annie Kevans was born in 1972 in France to British parents. She lives and works in London. Since graduating from Central St. Martins School of Art & Design in 2004, Kevans has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Vienna. Her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy and the US.
Annie Kevans’ paintings reflect her interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems. It is important for the artist to examine the duality of truth and falsehood throughout her work, which she does by creating 'portraits' which may or may not be based on real documentation. She believes that a person’s identity is not preset but is a shifting temporary construction and her work questions our verdicts on history and perceptions of intellectual solidity. Having an affinity for the marginalised, Kevans paints figures overlooked, exploited, or objectified within the context of history or contemporary culture, imbuing her subjects with a tangible humanity and sensuality.
Kevans uses our familiarity with public figures to draw attention to the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. In the series Collaborators, she profiles famous figures such as Coco Chanel and Gaston Louis Vuitton, revealing their secretive and little-known collaboration with the Nazis during World War II. In doing so, the artist investigates collective memory and the manipulation of reputations to fit an ideal.
She has been a finalist in the Women of the Future awards and a finalist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her work can be found in major collections including the Pallant House Gallery, the David Roberts Collection, 21c Museum, the Saatchi Collection and the collections of Lord Rothermere, Stephen Fry, Marc Quinn, Adam Sender, and Jean Pigozzi. In Spring 2014 she exhibited a series based on forgotten women artists at The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London. More recently she has been working with world renown fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier on a series of his muses, depicting men and women from Music, Fashion, Film and Television.