A Brief Biography
Drawing has always been Brent Noel Eviston’s passion as well as his primary medium of expression. After attending Otis College of Art and Design, he has continued to study many forms of drawing including traditional master draftsmanship, anatomical drawing and conceptual drawing. His current work, while rooted in traditional drawing techniques, has expanded to include contemporary practices and concepts explored through sculpture, animation, printmaking, writing and music composition.
Eviston’s multidisciplinary body of work investigates the cognitive tools people use to determine their beliefs. These cognitive tools include logic, emotion, metaphor, allegory, memory, skepticism and superstition. Eviston uses imagery and text drawn from history, science, politics, relationships and religion; common forums people explore while formalizing their belief systems. Brent’s work explores not only what people believe, but how they come to believe it.
Eviston is also a passionate drawing instructor and advocate who has taught traditional and contemporary drawing through arts institutions and organizations throughout California. In October, 2015 Eviston founded Evolution Academy for the Arts, a dynamic atelier style studio school that fuses classical techniques with contemporary practices. He recently completed filming a comprehensive video on figure drawing for Artists Network through F+W Media, one of the most prominent publishers of art instructional resources in the country.
In 2014 Eviston collaborated with award winning animator Steven Vander Meer to create Kinetic Convergences, a meditative loop of morphing drawings. This project led to his inclusion in Artists who Animate (AwA) a group of Northern California artists and filmmakers who merge fine art and animation. AwA is currently preparing for a 2018 exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA.
Eviston's work has been exhibited throughout California. Recently Kinetic Convergences was featured at the Front Range Film Festival in Colorado and work from his Bluebeard's Castle series was chosen to promote a production of Bela Bartok's opera of the same name at the Arcola Theater in London, England.
Eviston lives and works in Arcata located on California's extreme North Coast.
The Demo Show - Evolution Academy for the Arts, 2016 Eureka, CA
Apophenia - The Upstairs Art Gallery, 2015 Arcata, CA
Contemplations on How We Believe - Piante Gallery, 2014/2015 Eureka, CA
Ghost Opera - Eureka Studio Arts, 2014 Eureka, CA
Paper Play - Valentien, 2011 Bakersfield, CA
Convergences - Valentien, 2011 Bakersfield, CA
Freezing Geometry - Valentien, 2010 Bakersfield, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
AwA@MGMA - Artists Who Animate @ The Morris Graves Museum of Art, Opening January of 2018
Season of Light - Invitational Group Exhibition @ The Upstairs Gallery, 2015 Arcata, CA
Inspired by Music – Invitational Group Exhibition @ The Younger Gallery, 2012 Bakersfield, CA
Visual Arts Festival - Juried Group Exhibition @ The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2011 Bakersfield, CA
Eye Gallery - Invitational Group Exhibition @ The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2011 Bakersfield, CA
One - Surface Gallery, 2009 Bakersfield, CA
Layers – Surface Gallery, 2009 Bakersfield, CA
Paper - Surface Gallery, 2008 Bakersfield, CA
AWARDS & HONORS
Kinetic Convergences, An Animation Collaboration with Steven Vander Meer was accepted to the Longmont Front Range Film Festival, 2016 Longmont, CO
Work from Eviston's Bluebeard's Castle series was chosen to promote the Arcola Theater's production of Bela Bartok's opera of the same name. 2015 London, England.
Visiting Artist - The Arts Council of Kern, 2012 Bakersfield, CA
Honorary Mention - Visual Arts Festival - Juried Group Exhibition @ The Bakersfield Museum of Art, 2011 Bakersfield, CA
5-Time First Place Winner - Via Arte Annual Street Painting Festival, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006 & 2005 Bakersfield, CA
Artist Network University through F+W Media - Brent was brought to F+W Media's production facilities in Colorado to film a comprehensive course on the fundamentals of figure drawing. F+W Media is one of the most prominent producers of art instructional resources in the country. Brent is currently working on future projects with F+W and will be a regular guest contributor to the Artists Network blog.
Evolution Academy for the Arts - Eureka, CA 2015 to present - Currently the founder and Master Drawing Instructor at this dynamic atelier style studio that merges traditional art instruction with contemporary and experimental practices.
Extended Education Faculty @ Humboldt State University - Arcata, California 2014 to Present - Currently teaching observational drawing through the Osher Lifelong Learning program and utilizing HSU's resources including the Walker Greenhouse, and the Science Departments anatomical collections.
Eureka Studio Arts – Eureka, California 2013 to 2015 - Taught traditional master draftsmanship including figure drawing and human anatomy in this atelier style studio.
Mendocino Art Center – Mendocino, California 2014, 2015 – Guest instructor teaching workshops in both traditional and contemporary drawing including a Bone Drawing workshop utilizing human and animal bones including sections of a blue whale skeleton generously loaned by the NOYO Center for Marine Science.
Arcata Arts Institute – Arcata, California 2014 to Pesent - Drawing Instructor and Guest Lecturer focusing on the intersection of traditional and contemporary drawing.
College of the Redwoods – Eureka, California 2013 – Guest Lecturer
Morris Graves Museum of Art – Eureka, California 2012 - Taught the Creativity Academy, a program that introduces teens to the materials and methods of art and design with a focus on creative problem solving.
California Art Education Association - Pasadena, California 2011 - Master Figure Drawing Workshop at the 2011 California Arts Educator’s Conference held in Bakersfield, California.
Bakersfield Museum of Art - Bakersfield, California 2004 - 2011 - Taught Master Draftsmanship, Figure Drawing and Artistic Anatomy as well as numerous, innovative youth programs to underserved populations of the Southern San Joaquin Valley.
PS Arts - Venice, California 2011 - Instructed youth classes in an outreach program in Kings County, California.
Otis College of Art and Design - Los Angeles, California - Environmental Design Program 1998-2001