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J O H N E VA N S


GALLERY HENOCH 555 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 917.305.0003 info@galleryhenoch.com www.galleryhenoch.com

Cover: Visitation, Oil on Canvas, 48” x 60”


John Evans Time and Place

October 5 - 28, 2017

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Thursday, October 5, 6-8 PM


Four Boats Oil on Canvas 50” x 72”


Monument Oil on Canvas 76” x 100”


Silent Oil on Canvas 48” x 48”


John Evans’ Landscapes Since I last wrote about my friend John Evans’ paintings, about forty years ago, what’s changed in the world is that we now talk about the end of nature––alas, the whole world has to be considered a man-made environment. What hasn’t changed about John at all is his pursuit of beauty: “All my paintings,” he said recently, “are of worlds where I want to be.” As I look at Silent, my first thought is that I want to go there, too, whatever planet it is, ours or another. Yet for John there has been an increasing conviction that, however much it captures something we think we’ve seen, painting must also be perceived as design. The plant in the foreground of Silent, with its six leaves and its warm pink-red stalks, suggests a warmth left from the day, balancing like a kind of Calder mobile beneath a moon whose surrealistically square aura is shaped like the painting itself. Like a filmmaker who creates the illusion we become wrapped up in, John has to work until his eye declares it good. These days, instead of sanding down areas of canvas, he can revise on a computer, while his skill as a painter enables him to take anything on his screen and render it precisely. A long-time artist friend once said to him, “You’re the only one I know who can get away with painting ‘nuthin.’” But that’s because his “blank” areas are full of excitement, suggestion, and contemplation. In Finally, mountainous headlands seem shrouded in mist, just about to reveal themselves. When people ask me what I do when I’m out on my boat, I tell them, “Stare at the sky. Something is always happening.” Originally a visual design major, then a painter of what people think of as “realistic” landscapes, John now says he likes to think of Reflecting as “a meal I would like to serve to my best friends, totally symphonic,” putting in everything the painting needs. What’s rendered seems to be the effect of staring at the reflection in a pool, rather than a literal image. But if machine-brains can learn to see, I doubt they’ll feel. There are my own beloved tidal flats in Provincetown, shining before me in Four Boats: a Sunfish, a catboat, and on the right, two flat-bottomed dinghies, one distant and one closer. I know that to bring me there John has had to manage all those stripes of color “until I have a chromatic family,” he tells me. “Then you can add paint to get back to localized color, but under control.” A painter as analytic as John knows how to make it all come together. I only know that everywhere I look in his work I’m pleased. The water plants in Festival seem to dance across this wide-format painting like a musical passage on a piano roll. In “Why I Am Not a Painter,” the poet Frank O’Hara confesses:

I am not a painter, I am a poet. Why? I think I would rather be a painter, but I am not. Well . . .

As a poet, however, I think I know how, over time, with luck, with talent, and with joyous persistence, an artist works to achieve his own idiom, one that seems so natural to him he may as well have been born with it. ––Alan Feldman


Finally Oil on Canvas 72” x 60”


The Leaves Oil on Canvas 50” x 72”


Festival Oil on Canvas 40” x 96”


October Nite Oil on Canvas 60” x 60”


Reflecting Oil on Canvas 66” x 96”


Sanctuary Oil on Canvas 66” x 96”


Lightfall Oil on Canvas 27” x 30”


Mobile Oil on Canvas 48” x 36”


Renewal Oil on Canvas 36” x 48”


String Trio Oil on Canvas 30” x 24”


J O H N E VA N S Born: Education:

1945, Mt. Vernon, NY Boston University, MFA, BFA

Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2017 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2015 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 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 Coastline, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA 2001 Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1999 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY 1997 Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY Selected Group Exhibitions: 2017 Context Art New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2016 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Dallas Art Fair, TX 50 Years a Dealer: George Henoch Shechtman, Gallery Henoch, NY Palm Springs Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA 2015 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Water Scenes, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Summer Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2014 ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Dallas Art Fair, TX

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

Holiday Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY ArtMiami: Context, Miami, FL Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA Cadogan Contemporary, London, UK San Francisco Art Fair, CA Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA LA Art Show, Santa Monica, CA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA 40 Years: A Dealer’s Collection, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Gallery Henoch, New York, NY ArtChicago in the Park, IL Gallery Henoch, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY ArtChicago in the Park, IL San Francisco International Art Exposition, CA


2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997

Gallery Henoch, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY Gallery Henoch, New York, NY US Artists, Philadelphia, PA Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX New Works Summer Show, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX 40th Anniversary, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA The Art Show, ADAA, New York, NY San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA Summertime, MB Modern Gallery, New York, NY Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY Art Chicago, Chicago, IL “The Art Show,” ADAA, New York, NY San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA Art Chicago, Chicago, IL “The Art Show,” ADAA, New York, NY

Selected Reviews/Publications: 2015 “Comfort Food for the Soul and Drunk Pulp Fiction,” Peter Plagens, Wall Street Journal, March 13 “Paintings by John Evans Make Us Question, Has Man Made Nature Better?” Artsy Editorial (online), March 2011 “John Evans,” Greg Lindquist, ARTnews, September 2010 “Coastal Spaces,” Joshua Rose, American Art Collector, December 2009 “Spirit in the Sky,” Joshua Rose, American Art Collector, May 2007 “John Evans, Jonathan Goodman,” Art in America, October

2006 2005 2003 2001 1997

“New York Reviews: John Evans,” Gerard Haggerty, ARTnews, June “Fifth Time Around the Block, Art20 Keeps Getting Better,” Regina Kolbe, Antiques and the Arts (online), December 5 “John Evans,” American Art Collector, October “Exhibit Reveals Recent Paintings,” The Villager, October “Artists and Their (Role) Models,” Ann Landi, ARTnews, December “Dappled Shades of Splendor, Chris Bergeron,” The Metro West Daily News, January 12 “New York Reviews: John Evans,” Gerard Haggerty, ARTnews “John Evans’s: Coastline at the Gallery Henoch,” The Week “The Intimacy of Deep Space,” Thomas Lyon Mills, January “John Evans: Keeping the Proud Painterly Tradition Alive,” Art Speak, February “Current Exhibitions in New York, John Evans,” Review, March 1 “Spouses Mix Abstract, Real in Their Art,” Marty Carlock, The Boston Sunday Globe, April 13 “Surprises at Allan Stone,” Howard Farber, Art Speak

Selected Public Collections: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC 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 Univ., Waltham, MA Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK Boston Public Library, Boston, MA AT&T, New York, NY Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY E.F. Hutton & Co., New York, NY Bank of Boston, Boston, MA


GALLERY HENOCH 555 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 917.305.0003 info@galleryhenoch.com www.galleryhenoch.com

John Evans "Time & Place"  

John Evans' show "Time and Place" will run at Gallery Henoch October 5 – 28, 2017. An opening reception will be held October 5, 6-8pm.

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