Annie Kevans’ paintings reflect her interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems. Having an affinity for the marginalized, 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 series 'All the Presidents’ Girls', features presidential mistresses, as well as the illegitimate slave children of presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler, alluding to the injustice and hypocrisy perpetrated by some of the most revered figures in American History. The works looked at issues surrounding racial conflict in the US and the ongoing denial of the horrors of slavery, at a time when the US elected its first black president.
Kevans, a rising art star, was named in Harper's Bazaar's “Forty Under 40” and New Woman's “Brit Hit List,” which described Kevans as the "new Tracey Emin". She will have a show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco this fall, her first solo exhibition on the West Coast; running concurrently is a traveling exhibition of her series The Muses of Jean Paul Gaultier, a body of work featuring the designer's muses, and which Gaultier himself refers to as “fresh and contemporary”. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier is currently on view at Barbican in London, before traveling to the National Galleries in Melbourne and in Paris. Also this fall, Kevans’ work will be part of a 4-person exhibition at Marres Center for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht. Kevans 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. Kevans lives and works in London.