Pam Evelyn: A Handful of Dust

6 Sep-30 Sep 2023

London W1S 1HQ


We are pleased to announce A Handful of Dust, our debut exhibition by British artist Pam Evelyn, who is now represented by the gallery. The exhibition will expand across two floors of Pace’s London gallery, with a suite of new paintings made over several months between London and Cornwall.

The exhibition will span two floors of Pace’s London gallery, with a suite of new paintings made over several months. Made over long periods of time, Evelyn’s paintings move through countless iterations as she builds up and pares back her gestures in a dynamic tension between destruction and resolution, freedom and control, collapse and resurrection. The works appear like living, breathing canvases as the complexity of texture and temporality encased in the oil paint drips and sweats, obscures and reveals in turn. Indeed, Evelyn speaks of her paintings as quasi-sentient beings, positioning herself as their audience rather than creator as she allows them to dictate their direction.

Evelyn holds a BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2019) and an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2022). She received the Cass Art Prize in 2019 and a prestigious residency at Porthmeor Studios, Cornwall in 2022. Evelyn’s work is included in the public collections of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy and Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom. Recent exhibitions include The Reason for Painting, Mead Gallery, Warwick, United Kingdom (2023); and New British Abstraction, Centre for International Contemporary Art, Vancouver, Canada (2023). In 2023, Evelyn was commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery, London, to create two etchings to accompany the major exhibition, Action, Gesture, Paint Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-1970 (2023).