John Evans

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Biography

Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.

Born 1945 Mt. Vernon, NY. Education 1975 MFA, Boston University, Boston, MA. 1969 BFA, Boston University, Boston, MA. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2013 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2012 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2010 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. 2009 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. 2008 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2007 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2005 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2004 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2003 Chase Gallery, Wilmington, NC. The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA. Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA. Coastline, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Low Tide, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA. 2002 Boats, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA. The Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. 2001 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 1999 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1997 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1995 Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. 1994 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. 1993 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA. 1992 Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME. 1990 Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, MA. 1989 LaSaffre Wilstein, Boston, NY. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1986 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 1985 Newton Art Center, Newton, MA. 1984 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 1983 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA. 1981 Clifford Gallery, Dallas, TX. 1979 Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX. 1976 Merideth Long Gallery, Houston, TX. University Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX. Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2014 Palm Springs Art Fair, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. 2013 SF Art Fair, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2012 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. 2010 Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK. SF Art Fair, San Francisco, CA. 2009 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2008 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA. 2007 LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2006 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. US Artists, Philadelphia, PA. Art Chicago in the Park, Chicago, IL. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2005 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Art Chicago in the Park, Chicago, IL. SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco CA. 2004 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. US Artists, Philadelphia, PA. 2002 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Chase Gallery, Wilmington, NC. Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX. 2001 40th Anniversary Show, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Summer Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX. Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. 2000 Robert DiNiro Sr., Paul Resika, John Evans, Dennis Hare, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Works from Nature, Virginia Lynch Gallery and the Michael P. Metcaff Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1999 Landscape Paintings, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. Summertime, MB Modern, New York, NY. 1998 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1997 Craven & Stanford Gallery, West Tisbury, MA. National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1996 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1995 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Margarite Oestreicher Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1994 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL. Legacy: Nine Artists Who Studied with Philip Guston, Newton Art Center, Newton, MA. Barbara Scott Gallery, Miami, FL. 1992 Gay Head Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1991 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Allusions in Paint, Salve Regina College, Newport, RI. Capital Cities/ABC, New York, NY. Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, RI. 1990 Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, RI. 1987 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1985 The Recognizable Image, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. Summertime, Squibb Art Museum, Princeton, NJ. Figuratively Speaking, Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg, MA. New England Landscapes, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI. 1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA. 1977 Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX. Selected Private and Corporate Collections Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. • Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. • Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. • Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. • Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK. • Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. • AT&T, New York, NY. • Chase Manhatten Bank, New York, NY. • E.F. Hutton & Co., New York, NY. • Bank of Boston, Boston, MA. • Paine Webber, Boston, MA. • Hale & Dorr, Boston, MA. • W.R. Grace Co., Dallas, TX. • Diamond Shamrock Co., Dallas, TX. • Mercantile Bank, Dallas, TX. • Total Systems Services, Columbus, GA. • Wellington Management, Boston, MA. • Stockton, RE, Bermuda. • David L. Babson & Co., Boston, MA. • Allan Stone, New York, NY. • Merrill Lynch, Boston, MA. • Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA.
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Selected Artworks

Born 1945 Mt. Vernon, NY. Education 1975 MFA, Boston University, Boston, MA. 1969 BFA, Boston University, Boston, MA. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2013 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2012 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2010 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. 2009 Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA. 2008 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2007 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2005 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2004 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2003 Chase Gallery, Wilmington, NC. The Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA. Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA. Coastline, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Low Tide, Chase Gallery, Boston, MA. 2002 Boats, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA. The Field Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. 2001 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 1999 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1997 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1995 Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown, MA. Creiger Dane Gallery, Boston, MA. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. 1994 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. 1993 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL. Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME. Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA. 1992 Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME. 1990 Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, MA. 1989 LaSaffre Wilstein, Boston, NY. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1986 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 1985 Newton Art Center, Newton, MA. 1984 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 1983 Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA. 1981 Clifford Gallery, Dallas, TX. 1979 Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX. 1976 Merideth Long Gallery, Houston, TX. University Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX. Selected Group Exhibitions 2017 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 2016 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA. 2014 Palm Springs Art Fair, J Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA. Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. 2013 SF Art Fair, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, San Francisco, CA. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2012 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Dallas Art Fair, Gallery Henoch, Dallas, TX. 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. 2010 Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK. SF Art Fair, San Francisco, CA. 2009 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY. LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2008 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA. 2007 LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2006 Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. US Artists, Philadelphia, PA. Art Chicago in the Park, Chicago, IL. Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. 2005 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Art Chicago in the Park, Chicago, IL. SF International Art Exposition, San Francisco CA. 2004 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. US Artists, Philadelphia, PA. 2002 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY. Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY. Chase Gallery, Wilmington, NC. Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX. 2001 40th Anniversary Show, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Summer Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX. Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA. 2000 Robert DiNiro Sr., Paul Resika, John Evans, Dennis Hare, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. Works from Nature, Virginia Lynch Gallery and the Michael P. Metcaff Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1999 Landscape Paintings, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. Summertime, MB Modern, New York, NY. 1998 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1997 Craven & Stanford Gallery, West Tisbury, MA. National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1996 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1995 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Margarite Oestreicher Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI. 1994 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL. Legacy: Nine Artists Who Studied with Philip Guston, Newton Art Center, Newton, MA. Barbara Scott Gallery, Miami, FL. 1992 Gay Head Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA. Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1991 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. Allusions in Paint, Salve Regina College, Newport, RI. Capital Cities/ABC, New York, NY. Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, RI. 1990 Rising Tide Gallery, Provincetown, RI. 1987 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY. 1985 The Recognizable Image, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT. Summertime, Squibb Art Museum, Princeton, NJ. Figuratively Speaking, Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg, MA. New England Landscapes, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI. 1979 Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA. 1977 Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX. Selected Private and Corporate Collections Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. • Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA. • Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. • Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. • Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK. • Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. • AT&T, New York, NY. • Chase Manhatten Bank, New York, NY. • E.F. Hutton & Co., New York, NY. • Bank of Boston, Boston, MA. • Paine Webber, Boston, MA. • Hale & Dorr, Boston, MA. • W.R. Grace Co., Dallas, TX. • Diamond Shamrock Co., Dallas, TX. • Mercantile Bank, Dallas, TX. • Total Systems Services, Columbus, GA. • Wellington Management, Boston, MA. • Stockton, RE, Bermuda. • David L. Babson & Co., Boston, MA. • Allan Stone, New York, NY. • Merrill Lynch, Boston, MA. • Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA.
Biography

Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
Balancing precision in form and composition with a sense of nature’s wild beauty, John Evans’s paintings capture the feel of physical and psychological immersion in a landscape. His quiet scenes are infused with an invisible human perspective, an intelligent eye that organizes the view while taking in its infinitely rich colors and textures. Evans has characterized his paintings as “ultimately spiritual,” as “theaters that invite meditation.” His work opens a window into a parallel reality and invites us to enter.



An ARTnews review describes the surfaces of Evans’s paintings as resembling “raw silk”—an effect achieved by a continual building up and scraping away of oil paint. As he works, each canvas takes on a life of its own, with inspirations branching off one another organically. “You set something in motion,” he says, “and over time it begins to tell you what it needs.” The paintings are not snapshots, but rather collages of moments, often combining different qualities of light and times of day.



Based in the Northeast, the setting for many of his landscapes and seascapes (though recent work finds him in the West), Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied with Phillip Guston. He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., received reviews in publications including Art in America, and is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.