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SELECTED WORKS BY Annie Kevans

Adolf Hitler, Germany
Annie Kevans
Adolf Hitler, Germany

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Annie Kevans’ paintings depict an ideal of innocence – the doe-eyed, rosy-cheeked faces of young boys – in a palette and handling that are carefully chosen: colour is washed-out and delicate, the brush applied like the tender touch of a loved one. Yet the titles come as a shock: Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler, Germany. Mao Zedong, China. These are the faces (some actual, some invented) of dictators as children.
Alexander Lukashenka, Belarus
Annie Kevans
Alexander Lukashenka, Belarus

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Their titles are premonitions: that child’s face isn’t “Adolf Hitler”, obviously; none of these children are Hitler, or Stalin, or Mao yet. The disjunction – what we know now, what we didn’t know then – calls the mind the old argument about going back in time to kill Hitler; but his soulful blue eyes brim with innocence: even Hitler was a child once. Kevans plays on our weakness for the apparent innocence of the young face, drawing on the Victorian idealisation of childhood still very much in vogue when many of these men were young. Those eyes – invariably the darkest, most substantial part of each painting – draw sympathy in a way a cartoon cat on a greetings card might; there’s a kitschy sentimentality to the paintings that runs deliberately at odds with their titles. Those dark eyes hold the viewer in place. Frozen like this, these children might never amount to anything.
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguay
Annie Kevans
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguay

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Ante Pavelic, Croatia
Annie Kevans
Ante Pavelic, Croatia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Benito Mussolini, Italy
Annie Kevans
Benito Mussolini, Italy

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala
Annie Kevans
Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines
Annie Kevans
Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Francisco Franco, Spain
Annie Kevans
Francisco Franco, Spain

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Francois Duvalier, Haiti
Annie Kevans
Francois Duvalier, Haiti

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Hendrik Verwoerd, South Africa
Annie Kevans
Hendrik Verwoerd, South Africa

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Hissene Habre, Chad
Annie Kevans
Hissene Habre, Chad

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Hugo Banzer, Bolivia
Annie Kevans
Hugo Banzer, Bolivia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Humberto Branco, Brazil
Annie Kevans
Humberto Branco, Brazil

2004

Oil on paper

50 x 40 cm
Idi Amin, Uganda
Annie Kevans
Idi Amin, Uganda

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Ion Antonescu, Romania
Annie Kevans
Ion Antonescu, Romania

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti
Annie Kevans
Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina
Annie Kevans
Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union
Annie Kevans
Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Kim II Sung, North Korea
Annie Kevans
Kim II Sung, North Korea

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Mao Zedong, China
Annie Kevans
Mao Zedong, China

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Mohamed Suharto, Indonesia
Annie Kevans
Mohamed Suharto, Indonesia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Ne Win, Burma
Annie Kevans
Ne Win, Burma

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnam
Annie Kevans
Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnam

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania
Annie Kevans
Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Pol Pot, Cambodia
Annie Kevans
Pol Pot, Cambodia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Radovan Karadzic, Serbia
Annie Kevans
Radovan Karadzic, Serbia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe
Annie Kevans
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Saddam Hussein, Iraq
Annie Kevans
Saddam Hussein, Iraq

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia
Annie Kevans
Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Yasuhiko Asaka, Japan
Annie Kevans
Yasuhiko Asaka, Japan

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Text by Ben Street

Annie Kevans's BIOGRAPHY

Annie Kevans
Born in 1972, Cannes, France
Lives and works in London, UK


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Manumission, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York

2009
Ship of Fools, Fine Art Society, London
All the Presidents' Girls', Volta, New York

2007
Vamps & Innocents, Antonio Ferrara, Vienna
Swans, 319 Portobello Road, London

2006
Girls, Studio 1.1, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
A House of Many Windows, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
Art Brussels (with Gallery 51)
Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London

2012
The Future Can Wait, Bloomsbury, London '
This Is London, Shizaru Gallery, London

2011
Mindful, Old Vic Tunnels, London
I, Pertwee, Anderson & Gold, London
Among Flesh, Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, California, US

2009
Creating Identity: Portraits Today, 21C Museum, US
The Future Can Wait, London
Encomium, Fine Art Society

2008
Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery
Remember My Name, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London
A Summer Show, Studio 1.1, London
Ist Das Ein Portrait?, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich
The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London

2007
Hiram, Antonio Ferrara, Italy
ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
New British Artists, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munich
New to DACS, The Kowalsky Gallery at DACS, London
Avatar of Sacred Discontent, Port Eliot Castle
Portrait: a fictional narrative? Clifford Chance, London
Salon 2007: New British Painting, 319 Portobello Rd, London
Winter Exhibition 2007, Contemporary Art Projects, London

2006
The Portrait, Ashwin Street, London
Jerwood Drawing Prize, Touring group show
Beyond the Grave, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London
Absolute Democracy, Antonio Ferrara, Italy

2005
Geisterfahrer, Paintworks, Bristol
Radar, The Empire Gallery, London

2004
Future Map Visual Arts', Arts Gallery, Univ. of the Arts, London
ScopeCircle, -scope art fair, London
Young Gods, Clapham Art Gallery, London

2001
VAMalgam, Victoria & Albert Museum, London