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June 4, 2012

PAUL EVANS WHO?

Filed under: paul evans — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 8:23 am

I have long been a follower of PAUL EVANS’ work , an admirer and even a collector.  His work is very much an intellectual form of expressionism in metal work.  the images will speak for themselves if you are not familiar with his work.

Being in the city last week, and running like a mad hatter to style the shoot, I had the great fortune to run into my favorite galleries and they had some fabulous works of his.  I wouldn’t say that EVANS work is just geared towards

an urban environment,

I would say that if you have a Modern slant to you collecting and or interiors and would like to add a designer of tremendous value, not only monetarily but visually, this is your guy.

Paul Evans (1931 – 1987)

Pennsylvanian Paul Evans studied sculpture and silver smithing at several institutions, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1951, while working as an artist in residence as a silversmith at the working history museum

Sturbridge Village near Springfield, Massachusetts, Evans frequented artisan Phillip Lloyd Powell’s shop in New Hope, PA and asked Powell if he could put a few of his own pieces on display.

In 1956 Evans moved permanently to

New Hope and his acquaintance with Powell turned into a business and creative partnership.

In the late 1950s Evans began making copper chests with decorative doors, followed by sculpted steel-front cabinets that revealed Evans’ unique way with welding. Evans and Powell had big break

when they had a two-man show in 1961 at America House,

an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, now named the Museum of Arts & Design. In 1964 Evans became the designer for furniture manufacturer Directional. With

Directional, Paul Evans introduced his highly collectible

editions such as the Argente series, Sculpted Bronze series, and the very popular Cityscape series.

Most Evans pieces were signed, and all of the custom items have a signature and a date. Paul Evans took a unique approach to furniture making, a combination of handcraft wedded to technology that anticipated the limited edition art furniture of today,

such as the work of Ron Arad. More particularly, the artist’s relationship with Directional set a unique standard for creative manufacture by insisting every piece is made by hand, finished by hand, supervised by the artist at each step of production, one piece at a time.

ENJOY!

LOVE,

JAMIE

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