Evan Salmon

E v a n   S a l m o n

Ship and Cranes (afternoon glare)

Practicing primarily in the mediums of painting, drawing and etching, I am engaged with working ‘on-the-spot’ or plein air to record the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere of my local environment, the industrial landscape of the Port Kembla Steelworks and harbour. This has also extended to the surrounding suburbs, and the farms, that are rapidly being developed for housing.

Evan Salmon studied at the National Art School, Sydney, between 1989 and 1991, subsequently obtaining a Master of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, in 2002. He worked as a studio assistant to sculptor Robert Klippel in the years 1996 to 1998. He taught painting and drawing at various TAFE colleges from 2002 until 2016 and currently teaches drawing at the National Art School, Sydney.

Since 1993, Salmon has held 26 solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. His work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, NSW Parliament, University of Technology Sydney, Art Bank, Wollongong Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Gallery and private collections in Australia and overseas. 

He has been awarded a number of art prizes including the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, NSW Parliament House; Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery; Alvaro Painting Prize and the Berrima District Art Society Prize. Salmon was a finalist in the Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 2005. He was selected for the Salon des Refusés six times between 2012 and 2017.

A member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 2016, Evan Salmon lives and works in Wollongong.