This painting depicts a solitary figure with elongated limbs and an exaggerated pose. Her crossed arms cover her breasts in a way that suggests both aggressive posturing and a defensive stance. The figure seems to be protecting her sexuality—an exposed nipple reaffirming the need for defense. Her black underwear is just thin enough at the waist to imply seduction, yet its simplicity seems to suggest a more utilitarian nature. The subject’s eyes are cast in a light baby blue, a shocking contrast of color to the painting’s overall ochre tones. Her gaze extends off the canvas—confronting both an individual aggressor and a greater society at large.
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 solitary figure with elongated limbs and an exaggerated pose. 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