Bronwen Vaughan-Evans

Born 1971 in South Africa. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Vaughan-Evans explores the fine line between the physical and psychological spaces that map the complexity of who we are. Her works have a clarity and seduction that could easily render them as purely aesthetic, like so much other process-driven work. But it is here that one really needs to look deeper. The surfaces are so rich and compelling that one could quite easily fall into the trap of becoming complacent. The works themselves are about looking; looking literally below the surface of the characters she uses as conduits for meaning.

The actual surfaces of the work are built up layers of gesso, into which the artist sands back to begin to uncover the real person. It is the process of peeling back and scarring layers of flat surface that reveal the portraits and their position and subsequent meaning in the world.

Selected exhibitions

2015 Saints and Sinners Journey through womanhood Galerie Noko, Port Elizabeth
2015 Turbine Art Fair Johannesburg
2014 Co-Existence Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2014 Actuality & Illusions Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2013 We are all connected Bird’s Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Spitting Image Bamboo Gallery, Johannesburg and DUT Gallery, Durban
2011 A Portrait of Ophelia’s Death Artspace, Johannesburg
2010 Creative Context: A Group Show by Contemporary African Fine Artists Source, Singapore
2010 Harbouring Histories: A Staff Exchange Exhibition Curtin University of Technology, Perth
2010 Early Learning Artspace, Durban
2010 Test Patterns Gallery 415, Durban
2009 A Little Piece of Africa Artspace, Berlin
2009 Left of November Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2009 New Connections KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2008 Memento Mori Bank Gallery, Durban
2008 Home Is Where The Heart Is Momo Gallery, Johannesburg
2008 Light Show Bank Gallery, Durban
2007 Right Before Your Eyes KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2007 Malleable Artspace, Durban
2007 Artseasons Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2006 Negotiated Spaces KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2006 Form and Substance Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town
2005 Art for Humanity: Children’s Rights Print Portfolio Durban Art Gallery, Durban
2005 Paean to Print Artspace, Durban
2005 Being Here (KZNSA Centenary Exhibition) KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2004 One Zero One KZNSA Gallery, Durban


Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Durban Art Gallery, South Africa
University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Sasol Corporate Collection, South Africa
Escom, South Africa
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Johannesburg
Standard Bank Corporate Collection, Johannesburg,South Africa
Nando’s, London, United Kingdom


Bronwyn Vaughan-Evans Recent and New Work