An American contemporary artist, Franklin Evans creates immersive works constructed from amassed art supplies and materials found in his studio space such as artists’ tape, bubble wrap, old newsprint, unstretched canvas, and press releases from gallery exhibitions. Obliquely autobiographical, these works are meant to“de-heroize” the artistic process and the artistic genius.
Born in Reno in 1967, Evans currently lives and works in New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University in 1989 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1993. He has had numerous solo exhibitions, including those at Federico Luger Gallery, Milan, IT; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway; Spazio 22, FL Gallery, Milan, Italy; Montserrat Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; Diverse Works, Houston, TX; and Sue Scott Gallery, New York, NY.
In his work, Evans uses paint to create hyper-realistic, illusionistic effects of layering and wear, while exploring the process of making art. He also encourages viewers to walk all over his floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall installations and further engage with them.
Featured image: Franklin Evans - nonmonocularandgreen, 2017 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 68 3/4 × 66 1/2 in. 174.6 × 168.9 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery