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SELECTED WORKS BY Annie Kevans

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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.
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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.
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Annie Kevans
Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguay

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Ante Pavelic, Croatia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Benito Mussolini, Italy

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Francisco Franco, Spain

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Francois Duvalier, Haiti

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Hendrik Verwoerd, South Africa

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Hissene Habre, Chad

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Hugo Banzer, Bolivia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Humberto Branco, Brazil

2004

Oil on paper

50 x 40 cm
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Annie Kevans
Idi Amin, Uganda

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Ion Antonescu, Romania

2004

Oil on paper

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

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentina

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Joseph Stalin, Soviet Union

2004

Oil on paper

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

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Mao Zedong, China

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Mohamed Suharto, Indonesia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Ne Win, Burma

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnam

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Pol Pot, Cambodia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Radovan Karadzic, Serbia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Saddam Hussein, Iraq

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
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Annie Kevans
Yasuhiko Asaka, Japan

2004

Oil on paper

51 x 41 cm
Text by Ben Street

OTHER RESOURCES

artfacts.net
Additional information and images –Annie Kevans

artnet.com
Various and images – Annie Kevans

anniekevans.com
Artist’s website, profile of the artist, selected works, past and future exhibition information, links to press and contact details

artworkproductions.net
Art Work Productions is pleased to present Swans, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Annie Kevans, curated by Flora Fairbairn. Inspired by the hit Reality TV show aired on American television in 2006, Kevans utilises Swans as a starting-point to explore the notion of the American Dream.

naimad.co.uk
Graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2004 (when her degree show sold out) Annie Kevans was included in that year's Future Map Visual Arts exhibition, showcasing the pick of that year's graduates. She has also featured in -scopeCircle 2004, and at zoo art fair 2005, where she was presented by studio 1.1. 'Girls' will be her first solo show

claphamartgallery.com
Annie Kevans (Central Saint Martin's: BA (Hons) in Fine Art)
Annie Kevans has enjoyed great success since her final show, being bought by Charles Saatchi and included in Art Review's top 25. Kevans' subtly rendered portraits of young boys in oil on paper or canvas belie an inherent darkness.

transitiongallery.co.uk
This painting is part of a series called 'Vamps & Innocents', which depicts film starlets from the silent films era in Hollywood. Actors tended to be put into one of two categories: Vamps or Innocents (the virgin/whore syndrome) and repeatedly played the same part so as not to confuse the audiences who in those days found it very difficult to separate the actors from the roles they played.