Jake Wood-Evans

September show at The Unit London

September 8th, 2014


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          19th September – 18th October
          Open 11am – 7pm – no admission fee

          The Unit London
          7 Earlham Street
          WC2H 9LL




Last month The Unit London announced the launch of its second landmark exhibition of 2014, ‘U’. A portrait exhibition that is anything but traditional, ‘U’ will shed light on the state of identity in the modern age, on an evening that will also mark the gallery’s 1 year Anniversary.

The collection of works on display are all in some way abstracted, deformed, concealed or destroyed, offering insight into the very modern notion of fractured identity which has come to bear in today’s hyper-digitalised age. Collectively, the artworks force the viewer to question whether the age we live in has improved our capacity for self-expression and interaction, or has instead diminished human intimacy and disturbed our very perceptions of identity and individuality.

Featuring a breathtaking collection of work from a small, handpicked group of today’s most exciting contemporary artists:



Articles and blog posts about the show have to date included items in FAD, Wall Street International, Platinum Cheese and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.


Beautiful Bizarre Magazine



An exclusive video interview with Jake Wood-Evans, filmed at his Hastings studio talking about producing new work for the show, can be viewed online here.


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Filmed and produced by The Unit London.

Summer news

May 28th, 2014



I’ve been keeping incredibly busy this year, and after working hard throughout the Spring on brand new pieces for my solo exhibition ‘Darkness Visible’ at the Leyden Gallery, I decided to take a well earned break with a short holiday!

I’m now back and in a new studio, full of ideas for an exciting summer ahead. I’m in the process of moving into this lovely big and light space, and have started on some fresh canvasses for the summer shows.

Currently I have work in Leyden’s Summer Salon exhibition, along with works from the likes of  Nan Goldin, Prunella Clough, Paula Rego and many more. Located at the gallery in East London, the show opened on the 14th May and will run until the 28th June.


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Coming up I will also be exhibiting in Brighton as part of Ink_d Gallery‘s summer show, titled Pushing Paint. The private view takes place on June 12, and the work will be displayed until 13th July. Later in the summer I will be showing new works at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London’s Soho, dates to be confirmed.

I released a brand new limited edition run of 50 signed silkscreen prints earlier this year titled Red Deer. I have been really pleased with the quality of the print and the response to it. I was also pleased to have had my work featured recently in Laissez Faire magazine, which can be viewed on their website here. The article is on pages 8-11.


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New exhibition

February 26th, 2014


Darkness Visible – Jake Wood-Evans

Private view: 12th March -26th April

Leyden Gallery
9/9a Leyden Street
E1 7LE


Leyden Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of new oil paintings by Jake Wood-Evans this spring, showing alongside lithographs by Henry Moore. The exhibition runs from Wednesday 12th March to Saturday 26th April. Find out more at the Leyden Gallery website.

Darkness Visible

More on Darkness Visible

By Nicholas Hallam


”The paintings become intense labours of love. I enjoy learning everything I can from the images I’m working from. But I have to get to a point where I start taking risks. I have to get close to losing control and obliterating the whole thing- then something interesting can happen’ – JWE.

Portrait of a Young WomanJake Wood-Evans’ work lives with and aspires to classical standards, and his paintings are tense with one of art’s classic disputes: the conflict between truth and beauty.

His instinct has always been to make something wonderful for the eye; and his shows are shocking partly because of the sheer overflowing gorgeous technique they display. These oils are alive, and paying homage to their ancestors. A flash of Turner’s light, the glint of a Velasquez eye; Richter’s ‘technological’ blurring: aesthetic high points from the history of art are here. Dangerous company to keep, perhaps, but these paintings are triumphantly realized.

After Sir Thomas LawrenceBut they aren’t just spectacles. There is something obsessive about Wood-Evans’ constant returning to the past, as though he were in search of a reality, a significance, he cannot find in the present day. There is a hunger in this body of work for the real, the true. The source images wilt under the emotional pressure, implode, fade to black.

‘Darkness Visible': Satan’s first impressions of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Darkness is everywhere in Wood-Evans work; from the terrific absences framing the ambiguous dead heroes of the portraits, to the vast nothingness sucking in the exquisite limbs of Boucher’s lyrically erotic nymph.

What is that darkness? What have we lost?



After François Boucher 

Oil on canvas, 80 x 80cm


After François Boucher


Portrait of a Young Woman

Oil on wood, 48 x 39 cm


Portrait of a Young Woman


After Sir Thomas Lawrence

Oil on wood, 48 x 39 cm


After Sir Thomas Lawrence



 For more details contact –  moc.y1422609580rella1422609580gnedy1422609580el@of1422609580ni1422609580







‘to one in the dark’

July 12th, 2013


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‘to one in the dark’ Private View

July 4th, 2013


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‘to one in the dark’

June 28th, 2013


‘to one in the dark’

2nd-7th July The Gallery on Redchurch St


Shock Of The Old

July 12th, 2012




Private View: Saturday, 24 November, 2-8pm

Shock of the Old is open to the public at Opus Fine Art, Martin House, Sheep Street, Stow on the Wold GL54 1AA

from 26 November to 5 January.

OPUS Art’s inaugural event features the work of two of southern England’s most exciting and adventurous figurative artists, Chris Kettle and Jake Wood-Evans. The show celebrates a return to classical craft and aesthetic mastery: Kettle and Wood-Evans dare to be traditional even as they engage the modern subject; their exquisite but highly contemporary work shows them spearheading a movement out of the cul-de-sac of the clichéd and conformist gimmickry of recent conceptual art. These paintings offer the regained possibility of beauty and contemplative exploration to the viewer seeking true artistic value.

Kettle and Wood-Evans operate deliberately in the traditions of the Slade School of Art, and its master, Euan Euglow. Their work can be understood as an intense creative response to the flourishing of post-war British painting – the feverish achievements of Bacon, Freud and Hockney.

This is art to last, to be lived with.

Despite being at a relatively early stage in their careers, Kettle and Wood-Evans have already met with recognition and acclaim.


Hubris - Chris KettleChris Kettle describes himself as a painter of ‘New Still Life’. He is notorious for his subversive approach to still life (Art Review comments that he has ‘turned the genre on its head’). His recent work draws inspiration from the work of the Dutch Masters. Kettle uses inanimate objects ordinarily associated with pure study as a means with which to explore many facets of human emotion, reworking these classical symbols in his own distinctive, often dark and brooding style. Kettle has exhibited widely, in, amongst other locations, Brighton, London, Newcastle, Gstaad and Miami. His most recent ‘Terrarium’ paintings have transformed Kettle into a national award-winning artist.



Dream - Jake Wood-EvansJake Wood-Evans mixes the two worlds of classical and contemporary art. Recognized as a superb draughtsman (Art Republic have commissioned and sold out series of his prints to the general public), Jake’s true focus is on the art of painting. His oil paintings range from small, sensitive studies to large scale, epic canvasses. His influences range from the great artists of the baroque, to the 19th century colorists, and Richter and Bacon in our own time.  With his loose, instinctive use of paint he creates dark, ethereal works that capture the imagination, and provoke emotion; his work is beautifully unsettling. During his time as a student, Jake was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Academy for classical study at the Prado museum; and also won the accolade of  ‘Free Range’ Most Promising Graduate.

For Chris Muir


Shock of the Old Private View

June 28th, 2012


Images of show, “Into the Light”

April 4th, 2012


Private View “Into the Light”

March 26th, 2012


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