Kristian Evju (b. 1980) is a Norwegian artist, making exquisitely detailed pencil drawings and paintings. He received his BA (Hons) Painting and Drawing from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007, followed by a Masters degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 2011. His work received the Conté à Paris Drawing Prize at Griffin Gallery, and the Painter-Stainers Prize for Drawing at the London Group Open in 2015, and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Derwent Art Prize. Evju is currently working on a series of drawings and paintings reimagining early 20th century female mugshots. By transporting these women into new contexts, the artist liberates the individual from their assigned narrative, thus provoking discussion around the limitations of representation and also the cultural associations attached to certain types of imagery. Recent solo and duo exhibitions include Hamar Kunstforening, Hamar Venet-Haus Galerie, Berlin/Neu-Ulm (2020); Evju & Evju, Laagdalsmuseet, Kongsberg (2019); Perfect Strangers, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (2018); The Way I Remember You Now, Venet Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm (2017); Machinations, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo (2017); Grenseland, Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg (2016); Assemble: Dissemble, Lysbuen Museum of Art, Notodden (2015); Lie me a River, Aalesund Kunsthall (KHÅK), Ålesund (2015); Dark River, Venet Haus Galerie, Neu-Ulm (2014); Memoirs of the Other, Gallery 39K, Lahore (2013); Memoirs of the Other, Accesso Contemporary Art, Pietrasanta (2012); Dark Skies, Dyrmyr Gallery, Kongsberg (2012); Limbus, Gulden Kunstverk, Steinberg (2010); Faber-Castell and the Years of Distraction, Drawing Centre, Oslo (2009); and Kristian Evju, Kongsberg Kunstforening, Kongsberg (2009). Recent group exhibitions include, All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2010); Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, London (2019); Hvor Kommer Du Fra, Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo (2019); Yo, What’s The Swing Scene Like Here, curator William Davie, Colour Index Agency, London (2019); ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (2019); Intensity, curator Paul Carey-Kent, House of St. Barnabas, London (2019); Winter Salon: Power Play, Concept Space, London (2018); London Art Fair, with Venet-Haus Galerie, London (2018), Paper Cuts,Kristian Day, Tripp Gallery, London (2017), Power Play, Winter Salon, Concept Space, London (2017); Jerwood Drawing Prize,The Gallery AUB, Bournemouth (2017); The Amorist, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh (2017); London Art Fair, Venet-Haus Galerie, London (2017); and Everything Exists Now, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2017). Evju lives and works in London.