ANNIE KEVANS: SELECTED PORTRAITS
The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh is pleased to present Annie Kevans: Selected Portraits, running from 14 July to 3 September. This exhibition marks the first time that Kevans’ work has been exhibited in Scotland. Works from Kevan’s series The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier will be available to purchase for the first time, having previously been on display at the Barbican Art Gallery, Le Grand Palais, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Kevan’s paintings reflect our distorted perceptions of figures in the public eye. Her works examine the duality of truth and falsehood 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. The subjects of these series include overlooked female artists, the mistresses of American presidents, and iconic figures whose struggles with mental illness and addiction came under public scrutiny. The entirety of Boys, her BA Degree Show series at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design in 2004, was purchased by collector Charles Saatchi.