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Graeme Mortimer Evelyn is a highly regarded artist, musician and curator, achieving critical renown across these disciplines within the UK and abroad. As a creative polymath, Evelyn is confident and comfortable in working across a myriad of projects, all the while maintaining a high degree of excellence and attention to detail.
Evelyn’s varied body of multi media work comments on cultural social identity, politics, belief and language, developing a reputation for creating work for major municipal buildings, sites of national memory and places of worship, that subvert settings and philosophies to attract new audiences and democractise public space.
His works have been exhibited, collected or in permanently display in Princeton University Center for African American Studies NJ, Cornell University NY, Kensington Palace, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Museum in Docklands, Gloucester Cathedral and Museum of Bristol.
Graeme’s working maxim involves extensive research and the adoption of a wide range of media across his impressive resume of commissions with important British institutions, including The Royal Collection, the Church of England and Bristol Museums. He continues to challenge notions of an artist and the possibilities available. Graeme is one of the UK’s most significant and unique artists. His permanent public works attest to the importance commissioning bodies place on his work on historical legacy in the public realm.
As a curator he has been involved in numerous exhibitions, notably curating contemporary Jamaican film for Afrika Eye 2012 International Film Festival and and co-curator of the major UK exhibition, Jamaican Pulse – Art & Politics From Jamaica and the Diaspora for the Royal West Academy in 2016.
He has contributed to panel discussions on the role of public art for Museum in Docklands London Festival of Architecture, Arnolfini (Bristol), Caribbean Curatorship and National Identity (Bridgetown, Barbados) and Curating The International Diaspora (2016 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea). Evelyn recently completed a major Diocese of London commission, creating the largest permanent contemporary altarpiece (Reredos) in Europe, (potentially the world) The Eternal Engine, for St Francis at the Engine Room, unveiled November 2017.
This was his second such commission. In 2011 as Artist-in-Residence for Saint Stephen’s Church Bristol, Evelyn unveiled the landmark historical permanent altarpiece, the Reconciliation Reredos. He is the only artist of Caribbean Heritage to have completed a major permanent public art legacy commission like this – not just once, but twice.