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Evan Woodruffe: the world is porous

28 July – 28 October 2018

As the title suggests Auckland-based artist Evan Woodruffe has created a layered, organic environment with multiple portals and perspectives.

For Tauranga Art Gallery Woodruffe has embraced the scale of the atrium, covering the surfaces in large drops of shimmering velvet fabric featuring his signature arrangements of line, form and colour. Using the fabric like a skin, he pushes and pulls it, giving the impression of an undulating and moving surface.

Known for his colourful, dynamic paintings, Woodruffe has translated his visual language onto more traditional surfaces such as board and canvas as well as all manner of other objects including wardrobes, cars and clothing.

Described by writer Lucinda Bennett as “living, breathing ecosystems and visualisations of a new kind of urbanism” these works have moved beyond their painting origins to become something far more expansive and unique.

Evan Woodruffe: the world is porous (detail)

Woodruffe has been involved in the arts in a variety of roles for many years. His work has been included in significant projects including the 5th Auckland Triennial at Auckland Art Gallery in 2013, Melbourne Art Fair, Auckland Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary where he collaborated with BMW. His work is held in numerous private collections and the Wallace Art Trust. Woodruffe is represented by PAULNACHE, Gisborne.

Read more about Evan Woodruffe's exhibition here: Swathed in Silk, Bay of Plenty Times

Evan Woodruffe Art Workshops

Exploring Fluid Acrylics with Evan Woodruffe

18 August 2018

Choose from two workshop times: 9.30am - 12pm OR 1pm - 3.30pm

This is a hands-on workshop in materials and techniques with artist Evan Woodruffe for anyone aged 15+. $50 per person. Bookings Essential.

Principal Exhibition Partner: Project Partners:

Gordon Harris




Principal Funder

Annual Strategic Partners