Susan Evans Artist Statement and Biography
My dedication to the technique of chiaroscuro follows the spirit of the Great Enlightenment of the Northern Baroque Period of the 17th century. I use this method to exalt reality and I make use of human visual archetypes in my choice of subject material. I seek to impart a sublime presence to simple objects; also the use of negative space contributes to the peaceful and contemplative quality of my work. The classic techniques and underlying forces are employed: – Directional shapes in the abstract design – A single dominant light source to move the eye – Intensity of light and value in the focal area I seek to evoke an emotional response from my viewer with the dramatic single image pieces. Both exciting and meditative, these large pieces are an unflinching look at one particular form.
Date and Place of Birth: 1952 Shreveport, Louisiana.
1995 Apprenticeship with Malcolm Bryan (www.malcolmbryan.com)
1990 Undergraduate Study / Western State College, Gunnison, CO
1971 Diploma Program / Art, Commercial College —Shreveport, Louisiana
Fechin Art Workshops in Taos, New Mexico:
1998 David Leffel
1997 Gregg Kreutz
2011 Nature Mort – Still Lifes by Susan Evans, Sarah Hartshorne and Jacklyn St.Aubyn, Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM
2008 Southwest Art Magazine Yearly Annual Art Auction — The Art Center, Grand Junction, CO Annual Small Wonders group show — Keating Fine Art, Basalt, CO (Aspen)
2003 Various Charity Auctions including PBS Art Auction, KVNF public radio auction
2002 Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Montrose, CO; 2nd-Place Professional Oil
2002 Two-woman show — Keating Fine Art, Basalt, CO (Aspen) 2000 Residency Program — Crested Butte Academy, Crested Butte, CO
1999 Los Farolitos Show — Santa Fe, NM
1998 Best of Show — Pavilion Art Show, Montrose, Colorado
1997 Longhorn Gallery, Opening Night of Gallery Nights — Denton, Texas
1996 Montrose Art Show and Sale to Benefit Hospice Program, Montrose, Colorado
Gallery Representation Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM 87102 since August 2010
Private collections throughout the US and Europe Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.