Geraint Evans is interested in the ways in which we perceive, encounter and experience the natural world and read it as landscape. His figurative paintings employ a stylized pictorial language to explore the idea that landscape is largely a social and cultural construct, responding to the writer W J T Mitchell’s observation that: “Landscape is a natural scene mediated by culture.” (Mitchell 2002: 5)
His work depicts manicured or fabricated gardens and parks, shopping malls and suburban green belts, national parks and theme parks. The fictional protagonists that populate these landscapes include heavy metal campers, nudist hikers and ornamental hermits.
Geraint is interested in both the hybridized space in which the built and natural environments meet and in our complex perception of the wilderness. The effect of ever evolving technologies and mass tourism on our relationship with the natural world is another important aspect of his practice.
Geraint’s solo exhibitions include Newport Museum and Art Gallery; Wilkinson Gallery, London; Chapter, Cardiff and CASA, Salamanca, Spain. He has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada and, in 2003 received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship. He was awarded a prize at the John Moores Contemporary Painting Exhibition in 2008.