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,
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
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.