Annie Kevans

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One Child, 2004 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Chinese Lolita, 2008 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Mary Brooks (Louise Brooks), 2006 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Mouseketeer Anette Funicello, 2007 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Annie Blanche Banks (Tempest Storm), 2009 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Dorothy de Guiche (Dorothy Gish), 2006 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Brooke Shields with Hands Up, 2006 Oil On Paper 75 X 50 Cm © Annie Kevans
Brooke Shields in Shorts, 2006 Oil On Paper 75 X 50 Cm © Annie Kevans
George W Bush with Gun, 2006 Oil On Paper 150 X 120 Cm © Annie Kevans
Derelys Perdue, 2009 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Shirley Temple, 2006 Oil On Paper 50 X 40 Cm © Annie Kevans
Sally Hemings (All the Presidents' Girls), 2009 Oil On Canvas Paper 20 X 16 Inches (50.8 X 40.6 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Marilyn Monroe (All the Presidents' Girls), 2010 Oil On Canvas Paper 29.92 X 20.08 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Perry Rubenstein Gallery
Robert Mapplethorpe. From the series "Drag" Oil On Wood 20 X 16 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Danziger Gallery
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Cannes, France
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figurative, conceptual

My paintings reflect my interests in power, manipulation and the role of the individual in inherited belief systems.  It is important for me to examine the duality of truth and falsehood throughout my work, which I do by creating 'portraits' which may or may not be based on real documentation.

The series ‘Boys', in which dictators are depicted as children, looks at purity and corruption and, in particular, the notion of the 'Innocent Child'.  The ‘Girls' collection looks at the continuing media-led sexualisation of childhood and raises questions about our collusion in the deification and commodification of female child stars, from Shirley Temple to Britney Spears.  The process of self invention, innocence and culpability touches both series differently. 

The works in ‘Absolute Democracy', ‘Let Them Eat Cake' and ‘Gods & Aliens' explore notions of authority and look at our acceptance of inherited power in different guises, from political dynasties and royalty to the Church. ‘Gods & Aliens' compares the respect afforded to religious groups for their beliefs in gods with the ridicule given to those who believe in aliens.

‘All the Presidents' Girls' depicts presidential mistresses from the eighteenth century to the 1990s, reminding us that while wars rage on around us, our leaders are busy enjoying and hiding their duplicitous affairs. 

The series 'Swans' (drawn from the name of an American extreme makeover TV series), 'Vamps & Innocents' and the ‘WAMPAS Baby Stars' each look at different aspects of the American dream, the birth of celebrity and the role of women in those processes.  

I hope that my images will raise questions about how and why a person, or group of persons, behaves in a certain way.  As Foucault explained, a person's identity is not preset - rather, it is determined by the interactions of a person with another and is, therefore, a shifting temporary construction.  My work looks at ideas of personal responsibility within structures determined by time and place and the role of those who create those structures. 
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