Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to present the opening of A Collection of Time by John Evans. The artist will be in attendance for an opening reception on Thursday, October 4th, from
5:30-7:30pm. Exhibition continues through October 31.
Over the course of his long career, John Evans has always been a painter of fields, seeming to reveal underlying patterns of the natural world. From misty East Coast harbors to the wide-open urban beaches of the West Coast, from the French countryside to intricate studies of lily ponds, he evokes something more than reality, reaching beyond its surface to access what feel like hidden truths.
“The paintings are spiritual,” Evans has said. “They're classic in their concern for the ambiguity of two- and three-dimensional space, but they're also theaters that invite meditation." This idea of a theatrical space, both for the artist to create within and for the viewer to mentally animate and inhabit, infuses his work, in which multiple small dramas play out, occasionally between actual figures, but most often between forms and colors.
Born in 1945, Evans grew up in the Northeast and received his MFA from Boston University, where his teachers included James Weeks and Philip Guston. Their influences continue to resonate, as ARTNews critic Ann Landis has pointed out, in Evans’s “delicate touch,” inspired in part by Guston, and from Weeks, his “way of tackling huge expanses of space—the vastness of land, ocean and sky—in a way that strives for an almost classical balance of forms.” He has exhibited at galleries and museums across the U.S., with work in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC; the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others.
Caldwell Snyder is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international painters and sculptors of the 21st century. Caldwell Snyder has consistently been a vital force in the art world by introducing many renowned artists to the Bay Area for the first time. With a combined exhibition space of 12,000 square feet between the San Francisco and St. Helena gallery locations, Caldwell Snyder has mounted more than 500 exhibitions over the past three decades.