This painting depicts a woman with one hand extended onto a record player in front of her. Her other hand pulls her hair back behind her ear. The woman is dressed in black—perhaps a nighttime slip for staying in or an evening dress for going out. The subject’s action is likewise ambiguous; perhaps she is putting the needle down to listen to a song, or perhaps she is picking the needle up to listen to something out of frame. The subject’s hair whisps in front and behind her head, implying musical notation dancing across ledger lines.
The artist's acrylic paintings employ graphic shapes and a limited color palette to depict women in contorted poses—creating unique contemporary narratives that draw from figurative art and commercial illustration. Evelyn's vignettes of quiet daily moments explore the universal struggles of womanhood. The artist places figures in subtle scenes of reflection, presence and growth while also handling anxieties resulting from societal expectations and more personal critiques—encouraging viewers to reflect on their own daily lives.
Jillian Evelyn’s flat acrylic paintings combine graphic shapes, contorted forms and a narrow color palette to depict the female figure. The artist’s compositions are vignettes of quiet daily life—subtle scenes of presence and growth—that encourage the viewer to self-reflect. Creating unique contemporary narratives within the greater context of illustration, figuration and art history, Evelyn’s works explore the overarching struggles and social anxieties of women.
Jillian Evelyn was born in Michigan in 1987. The artist studied illustration at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and worked as a successful commercial illustrator before beginning a career in fine art.
Exhibitions of Evelyn’s work have taken place at: Hashimoto Contemporary in New York City; Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, California; and New Image Art in Los Angeles, California.
Evelyn’s work has been reviewed in Juxtapoz, Vice, Playboy, among other publications.
Evelyn lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
This painting depicts a woman with one hand extended onto a record player in front of her while the other seems to adjust her hair. The artist places figures in subtle scenes of reflection, presence and growth while also handling anxieties resulting from societal expectations and more personal critiques—encouraging viewers to reflect on their own daily lives.More