Stephen W. Evans

Stephen W. Evans is a painter and preparator living in Birmingham, Alabama.

“The American romantic notion of a “pure” land, untouched and god-given is troubling. Yet these small, intimate and subtle paintings have resuscitated my faith in a representation of American space that feels emotionally pure, where each work is an earnest articulation of individual experience. Humble things, these paintings approach a feeling rather than a specific location. Evans’ delicate, awkward touch renders images that set off a nostalgic chain-reaction in my head. There’s a rustic cabin in the woods, campfire tales. There are folk songs in these paintings, inaudible as they might seem.”

Olivia Jia, Stephen W. Evans’s Landscapes of the Mind, ArtBlog, 2018