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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Louisiana      Known for: whimsical sculpture and painting-houses

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The following information is from Planet Earth, Home Section, by Imran H. Khan, February 25, 2011.

Carolyn Evans is both an artist and a sculptor.  Her art appeals to both the child amongst us as well as the thinker.  To me her art has been an acquired taste.  When I first saw her painting of houses with fish floating in the air, I did not know what to make of it. But over time it is exactly those paintings that have stuck in my mind’s eye.  Many of her paintings have an ambiguity that keeps the viewer’s mind active considerably beyond the time the visual pleasures have subsided.

Many of her paintings of houses have stories behind them. The house or home in these paintings is a place surrounded by memories, filled with laughter, joy and sadness, with an overwhelming feel­ing of what it means to be alive. These “homes” are places we want to visit, to remember and reflect upon.  Sometimes the houses take on a persona and speak more of an individual or of a couple and their relationship with each other.  Often the house is a place to go to find shelter or sol­ace or make a political statement, or have a laugh.  She blends her Southern sensibilities with those of New England where she ended up spending most of her life.

Carolyn Evans is a mature artist who has the ability to remind us of what is important in life. She disarms us with provocative and yet simple subject matter that is familiar. Her paintings are infused with levity and sophistication using color, form and images, telling stories that excite our senses.  Evans’ paintings are filled with wonder and discov­ery in the many layers of paint and story.

“Evans” compositions are simple-looking, but far from simplistic, and the cockeyed geometry of both natural and man-made forms within them are carefully considered. She has the uncanny ability to suggest much and manipulate the viewer’s perceptions by adroitly refining nuances of shape, color and paint application.”‘

When all is said, it is the viewer who brings new interpretations to the stories of the work. Carolyn Evans leaves enough space to include in her paintings, our own past, our memories and our dreams.

As a former teacher, Carolyn Evans has long focused on symbolic shapes that recall childhood. Bronze landscapes display a simplified version of the flowers and trees that grew in her mother’s garden. Colorful and expressive paintings explore memories  of’ fishing the Louisiana Gulf coast with her father, or wandering the port of’ New Orleans to view the small boats and large container ships that filled the Mississippi.

Pablo Picasso said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up.” That Carolyn Evans has solved the problem to which Picasso refers is abundantly clear.  These whimsical vistas not only relate to the art of several 20th century masters but also clearly evoke the unselfcon­scious creations of a child’s mind. The paint­ings are, at once, both deceptively sophisti­cated and disarmingly simple. Moreover, they are not the work of a naive or untutored creator, but of one trained in a traditional course of fine arts instruction.

I have not come across many artists who are also sculptors. It is in many ways a very different medium and requires three dimensional thinking.  Like her paintings she leaves it to the viewer to interpret her work as there is sufficient ambiguity in them.

The farm bird sculpture evokes the fattened image of a Thanks Giving Turkey.

These sculptures evoke the same playfulness found in her paintings.

As it so happens, she is the wife of landscape painter John Evan, born 1945.

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http://imranhkhan.com/2011/02/24/carolyn-evans-a-multi-faceted-artist/

Biography from Cavalier Galleries Inc.:
Carolyn Evans

BORN: New Orleans, LA

EDUCATION: Boston University, BFA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008 The Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
1987 Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1984 Newton Art Center, Newton, MA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
2000 Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2000 Munson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

INVITATIONAL AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2009 Danforth Museum, Framingham MA
2005 Women Invited, Munson Gallery, Chatham, MA
2000 United States Department of State; Arts in Embassies:U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia, Nancy Ely Raphael
1998 National Competitions Finalist, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1994 Invitational Women's Show, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1991 37 Painters and Sculptors assembled by Allan Stone Gallery, Capitol Cities / ABC Inc., New York, NY
1991 Homage to Wood: The Tree as Image, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
1990 Domestic Icons, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1989 Invitational. Boston Society of Architects, CAA and BVAU, Boston, MA
1989 Collage to Construction, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
1988 Artists for Survival, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
1987 Working Women, Harcus Gallery, Duxbury, MA
1985 Eight Sculptors, Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury, MA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Allan Stone, New York, NY
Royal Sonesta, Key Biscayne, FL
United States Banker Collection, Cos Cob, NY
North American Petroleum, Greenwich, CT
Stanley Muller Associates, New Orleans, LA
Mrs. Walter B. Ford II, Grosse Point, MI
Art Enterprises, Chicago, IL
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paine, Boston, MA
Wellington Management, Boston, MA and Singaore
Meridian Printing, East Greenwich, RI
Stuart and Beverly Halpert, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Bethesda, MD, Martha's Vineyard, MA

MEDIA ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Metrowest Daily News, Framingham, MA, October, 2008
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, September, 2008
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, April, 2007
Metrowest Daily News, Framingham, MA, April, 2007
New England Home, Newton, MA, January/February, 2007
Metrowest Daily News,Framingham, MA, December, 2003
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, June, 2003
Metrowest Daily News, Framingham, MA, May, 2003
Gallery and Studio, New York, NY, December/January 2002
The New York Observer, New York, NY, September 17, 2001
Boston Arts, Boston, MA, Television Interview
Metrowest Daily News, Framingham, MA, January 31, 1999
Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror, Nantucket, MA, June, 1999
Metrowest Daily News, Framingham, MA, December 25, 1998
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, April 13, 1997
Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown, MA, August, 1997
Provincetown Arts, Provincetown, MA, June, 1996
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, June, 1991
Art New England, Boston, MA, October/November, 1991
Artspeak, New York, NY, June, 1989
The Lexington Minute Man, Lexington, MA, September, 1987
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, November, 1986
Boston Globe, Boston, MA, December, 1986


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