Artist Statement and Bibliography

Artist Statment

I paint for myself and am pleased that people get something out of what I do.  Formal elements and the way we see interest me.  I have always been attracted to a certain amount of illusion in painting, partly because it  arouses wonder about what is real.  The paradox of illusion and reality is not a contradiction if we consider “illusion” as one of the many shifting realities of life.  Images and goals move on and fade as, once we achieve them, they somehow seem changed, different than what we had expected.

My paintings are non-objective and highly influenced by memories and feelings that are aroused while painting.  Childhood experiences, travel and memories of how I have felt while in specific places are filtered by time and imagination to set the mood of my paintings.  Foreign places are especially stimulating because they make me see with the fresh unconditioned eyes of an outsider — more like a child.  Both old and new art are influential.  I admire the skills of old masters such as Caravaggio, El Greco, Botticelli and Rembrandt, artists who largely established the moods of their paintings by how they painted drapery and light.  The bravura, spontaneity and dynamic compositions of the abstract expressionists are also impressive.

My long time experience with airbrush painting enables me to establish a flowing illusionism.  Airbrushing is so natural for me that I no longer think about technique.  I work in a meditative state, trusting instincts and feelings, enabling thoughts and memories to become imbedded into my paintings.  Realism and abstraction are blended, as are distant and here, past and present, memories and feelings – a communion of the inner and outer world.


2012 Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton presents `Reality Frames Imagination’ art exhibition, Hunterdon Review,  December 5, 2012

2010 Edward Evans, affilate illusioni metalliche, Alessandra Redaelli, ARTE, (magazine) luglio, 2010

Memories are on display at Art of the State, Victoria Donohoe, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, July 9, 2010

Edward Evans in mostra all’Ariete, CRONACA DI BOLOGNA, 30 Giugo, 2010

La Mostra Edward Evans Espone Da Oggi A Fine Luglio All Ariete La Pittura la  Grande Illusione, IL RESTO DEL CARLINO 30 Giugno, 2010

The Spirit of the Letters, Sue Glieter, THE PATRIOT NEWS, April 8, 2010

2008 Ed Evans Inscriptions, Ellen Slupe, ART MATTERS, September, 2008

2007 Subandsur-face/ EDWARD EVANS ENZO RUGGIERO, Paolo Donini, TRACCE cahier’s d’ art, (magazine) n. 8, 2007
Con Menetti ed Evans brindisi d’ arte e natura, Chiara Pilati, LA

REPUBLICA BOLOGNA, 27 Febbrano, 2007

Le SCRITTURE, Giampiero Cane, IL MANIFESTO, 17, February, 2007

Catch the Spirit, Joseph Climek, THE SUNDAY RECORD, February 11, 2007

Evans e Nanni Menetti visioni parallele di Natura, Chiara Pilati, BOLOGNA SPETTACOLI, 3 Febbriano, 2007

Evans e Menetti, Annalisa Paltrinieri, CRONACA DI BOLOGNA, 3, Febbriano, 2007

Irricoboscibile la natura in mutamento, SPETTACOLO, 3, Febbrano, 2007

Eine nahezu perfekte Illusion, Die Galerie im Hof prasentiert den amerikanischen Airbrush-Kunstler Edward Evans, ZUGGER PRESSE, 7, Marz, 2007

2006 Edward Evans Exhibition at China Gallery, Christopher Chambers, NY ARTS, May, 2006

2005 “Art of the State” Shows Pennsylvania’s Best, ART MATTERS, August, 2005

2004 Oltre la superficie, l’ arte, Marcella Cocchi, QUOTIDIANO NAZIONALE, 29, Gennaio, 2004

Profondita della superficie, “Depth of the Surface” presenta le opere dei due professori universitari artisti Mostra di Edward Evans, Monica Lacoppola, CULTURA & SPETTACOLI, 29 Gennaio, 2004

La profondita’ della superfice come arte e comunicazione, Laura Branca, I’Unita, 29, Gennaio, 2004

Guardate Evans & Menetti cosi vicini, cosi lontani, Paola Naldi, LA REPUBBLICA, 29 Gennaio, 2004

2001 Abstraction and Realism, Suzanne Moore, IMPACT,  April 26, 2001

2000 Scambio culturale con gli Usa Incantano le opere di Evans, A. I., GIORNALE DI SICILIA, Messina, 29 Settembre, 2000

La Struttura inaugurata oggi ospitera` i lavori di Edward Evans, Basilio Caporlingua, CORRIERE Messina . Provincia

Evans e Polidori, “llusion e realta”, A.M.P., ARTE E CULTURA (magazine) Guigo, 2000

Apre oggi a Spoleto la mostra “Illusione come veritat” degli artisti Edward Evans e Annamaria Polidori, UMBRIA D’ ESTATE COURRIERE, 28 giugno, 2000

A Polidarte e all Ariete le “Grand illusions” di Evans, ARTLETTA, (magazine)  Giugno, 2000

Cultura a Patti l’ex pescheria diventa museo, Nino Arrigo, GIORNALE DI SICILIA, 19, Agosto, 2000

Edward Evans specchio dell’illusione, Gianguido Santucci, ARTLETTA, (magazine) Agosto, 2000

Gli allievi di Evand nell’ antica pescheria, Basilio Caporlinqua, CENTROVE, 1 Settembre, 2000

Xenobio, incontro confronto di culture, ARTLETTA (magazine) September, 2000

1999 Kunst, die aus der Dose Kommt, Annemarie Setz, NEUE ZUGER ZEITUNG, 6 Juli, 1999

Bilder, die dem Betrachter etwas zu sagen haben, Manfred Jehle, ZUGER PRESSE, 5 Juli,1999

Edward Evans, il codice smarrito, ARTLETTA (Magazine) Febbraio, 1999

1998 L’Americano Edward Evans e le sue, A.M., IL MESSAGGERO, CRONACA DI SPOLETO, 30 Maggio,1998

L’americano Edward Evans e le “illusioni ottiche”, A.M., MSGR UMBRIA ABCD, 30 Maggio, 1998

1996 Edward Evans Paintings, Kyle MacMillan, WORLD VIEW, June 30, 1996

1995 Hexenmeister der Illusion, Micheline Klapproth, LUZERNER ZEITUNG, 3. Februar 1995

Artist’s works ‘fools the eye’, Graeme Reid, Terre Haute Tribune-Star, November 22, 1995

Bilder vaon Edward Evans, Rolf Mulle, VOLKSBOTE, 3 Februar, 1995

Farb-landschaften, LNN/ZN, 10, Februar, 1995

1994 Skaper bildekunst med spraymaling, Berit Bryn-Jensen, TUDRELANDSVENNEN, 1 September 1994

1992 Edward Evans smelt in der Stern-Galerie au Werk mit  mannigfaltiger Struktur, VOLKSBOTE, 28. Februar 1992

Zerknittertes Plastik wird zur Landschaft, Rolf Mulle, LUZERNER ZEITUNG, 21. Februar 1992

Dynamische Form- und Farbkompositionen in Kriens, Ursula Itschner, LUZERNER NEUSTE NACHRICHTEN, 11. Februar 1992

O Evansovi bez Evansa, Fedof Kriska, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1992

Une peinture Aristocratique, L.O., Montpellier, France, 25 Septembre, 1992

1991 Minnesota Artist Is Featured At Bicentennial Art Museum, BEACAN-NEWS, Paris, Illinois, November 9, 1991

1990 Faszinierende Farblandschaften, Ursula Itschner, LNN, 10. Marz 1990

Falten und Knicke . . . Furchen der Seele, Von Micheline Klapproth, TAGBLATT, 9. Marz 1990

Edward Evans Bilder, die abstrakt und eigenstandig sid, Rolf Muller, VOLKSBOTE 9. Marz 1990

1988 Ein Meister der Kunstvollen Papierknitterung, Michelin Klapproth, PILATUS-POST, 4, Marz, 1988 

Plakative Bilder, Fotografien, Plakat, Barbara Gassmann, VATERLAND, 3, Marz, 1988

Edward Evans, Ursula Itschner, LUZERNER MEUFTE MACHRICHTEN, 1 Marz, 1988

Eine Welt aus Falten, Micheline Klapproth, TAGBLATT, 29, Februar, 1988

1987 Ed Evans: A Retrospective, Suzanne Moore, ARTVIEWS, Minneapolis, August 1987

1986 Photo-realist Evans adds flash of fun to formula method, Robert S. Cauthorn, THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR, Feb. 16, 1986

Illusionistic Paintings of Edward Evans, Robert McDonald, LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 25, 1986

Edward Evans, Nancy Reed, LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 18, 1986

1985 Fotos und Bilder zwischen Dictung und Wahrheit,Ruth Kocherhans, VATERLAND, 8, Oktober, 1985

Zauberhafte Falten, Micheline Klapproth, LUZERNER/ZUGER/NIDWALDNER TAGBLATT, 7. Oktober 1985 

1984 Evans Adds Some More New Wrinkles to His Art, Roger Catlin, SUNDAY WORLD HERALD, April 8, 1984

1983 Edward Evans in der Stern-Galerie Kriens Erstaunliches aus Amerika, PILATUS.POST, Micheline Klapproth, 4. Marz 1983

Einheitlicher, meditativer Stil, M. V. VATERLAND, 2. Marz 1983

Edward Evans stellt in der Krienser Sterngalerie aus Steucture fugen sich zu acrylbildern, Inge Sprenger, LUZERNER MEUFTE MACHRICHTEN, 2. Marz, 1983

Regenbogen und Feuerwerk, Micheline Klapproth, LUZERNER/ZUGER/ NIDWALDNER TAGBLATT, 1. Marz 1983

Exploring The Fabric, Gregory Waskowsky, KALAMAZOO NEWS, October 7, 1983

Marlene Fleischer at the Temple Gallery, Mia Johnson, ART MAGAZINE, Summer, 1983

1982 Evans: Expression in Abstraction, Kathryn Coe, SCOTTSDALE (Ariz) DAILY PROGRESS, January 15, 1982

Working On Many Planes, Francine Hardaway, PHOENIX NEW TIMES, January 27, 1982

Edward Evans Paintings, THE SAN DIEGO UNION, May 2, 1982

Airbrush Paintings Shown at Tarbox, LA JOLLA LIGHT, April 15, 1982

1981 Paintings that defy visual reality, Renee Phillips, THE NEWS WORLD EAST SIDE WEEKLY, New York, May 25, 1981

1980 Ed Evans, Harold Olejarz, ARTS (Magazine), May, 1980

Edward Evans, NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, May, 1980

1979 Goings On About Town, NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, October, 1979

1978 Goings On About Town, NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, September, 1978

Edward Evans, Harold Olejarz, ARTS (Magazine), November 1978

1977 Edward Evans, Hedy O’Beil, ARTS (Magazine), January, 1977

1974 Edward Evans, MINNEAPOLIS TRIBUNE, Mike Steele, February 11, 1974

1971 Edward Evans Paintings, Bernis Tanner, ART REVIEW (Magazine) Winter, 1971

1970 Edward Evans art applies fine touch to modern painting, Don Morrison, THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR, January 24, 1970

Edward Evans, Gaston Janet, LA REVUE MODERNE (Magazine) Juillet, 1970

1968  Edward Evans, Rene Stevens, LA REVUE MODERNE (Magazine) Fevrier, 1968

Edward Evans, Pierre Mornand, LA REVUE MODERNE (Magazine) Aout, 1968

Edward Evans Paintings, Murray Kalis, ART REVIEW (Magazine) Fall, 1968


Selected Exhibition Catalogs

2013   Reality Frames Imagination: Selected Paintings of Edward Evans, Second edition printing. Catalog design: Grubb Graphics, Jackson Heights, New York.    L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy, Gallery 705, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Introduction: Annamaria Polidori, Paolo Donini, Lucca Gattoni, Kathryn Coe

2012 Reality Frames Imagination: Recent Paintings of Edward Evans, First edition printing.  Catalog design:  Grubb Graphics, Jackson Heights, New York. L’Ariete Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy, Gallery 705, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  Introduction: Siba Das, Annamaria Polidori, Paolo Donini

2006 subandsur-face, Galleria d`Arte Contemporanea di Palazzo Ducale, Citta` di Pavullo nel Frignano, 16 dicembre – 14 Gennaio 2007

2004 Depth of the Surface, San Giovanni in Monte, Universita` di Bologna, 29 Gennaio – 28 Febbraio, 2004 – Italia, William Whipple Gallery, Southwest Minnesota State University, 9 Novembre – 3 Dicembre 2004 – USA, Lorella Pagnucco Salvemini,

2000 Presente Antico Edward Evans, 43 SPOLETO FESTIVAL, 28 Giugno – 16 Luglio 2000 Galleria POLid`ARTE, PATTI – VIVIESTATE 2000 18 Agosto – 8 Settembre 2000 Antica Pescheria, Bologna – La Ariete Arte Contemporanea, 12 – 28 Settembre 2000, New York Monique Goldstrom Gallery, Introduction 2000,  Testi di: Annamaria Polidori, Andrea Romoli, Catalogo: Angelo De Florio, Translation by Joe Jensen, Cornelia Evans and Pier Francesco Paolini

Xenobio, La Ariete Arte Contemporanea, German Cultural Center, Dicembre 2000 Gennaio 2001, – a cura di Hidehiro Ikegami, con scritti de Elizabeth Binyon,Luca Gattoni, Alessandro Guidi, Hidehiro Ikegami, Hiroyuki Ishikura, Anders Toftgaard

1992 Edward Evans Obrazy, Galeria Mesta Bratislavy Palffyho Palac, 16. Jul – 30 August 1992, Kulturna a informacna Agentura U.S.A.  USIS, Review: Gregory Waskowsky


Recent Awards

2010 Art of the State Purchase Award, State Museum of Pennsylvania

Premio Spoleto Festival Art 2010, Osservatorio Parlamentare Europeo e del Consiglio d Europa , Instituto Europeo

1996 Prairie Star Award, Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council

For printable PDF file:

Selected Bibliography 2013