This painting depicts a woman balanced on her toes; her knees extend out of frame while her right hand stretches downward and her left hand extends over her head. The figure is clothed in black pants—suggesting a physical activity such as yoga or dance—and her toplessness implies she is either performing for someone or completely comfortable while in solitude. Her nipples are oblong, emphasizing the implied motion of the subject.
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 balanced on her toes, topless while wearing black yoga pants. 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