Ned Evans

  • WORKS
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • EXHIBITIONS
 

Influenced by the same California light and landscape made famous by hordes of Los Ange- les artists, and living just blocks away from the beach at Venice that has spawned more than its fair share of artwork, one finds the works of Ned Evans are rich with the sense of depth and atmosphere that the oceanfront geography evokes. The dichotomous relationship between the natural and man made is omnipresent in Evans’ work. On a regular basis, Evans continues to employ geometry in his compositions alluding to the intersection unique to the California coast where dense urban topography meets the expansiveness of the Pacific.

Ned Evans was born in 1950. This means that he learned to read using a very particular first book. Dick and Jane was the chosen reading primer of the public school system at that time. The main activities of Dick and Jane were “looking” and “seeing”. How did it happen that the book chosen to teach reading to American children of the Fifties was coincidentally the perfect picture book for the development of optical perception? Perhaps it was no coinci- dence. After all, western visual tradition since the Renaissance has been concerned with using the eyes to grab and apprehend the world. America of the Fifties shared a similar ambition. It was poised to grab the international political and cultural spotlight from Europe. See – to perceive something with the eyes. Look – to use the eyes to examine, watch, or find. Ned Evans has spent the last 40 years developing his paintings with a self-reflexive emphasis on the visual faculties most revered by Dick and Jane. He pursues meaning through opticali- ty. A lifetime spent watching the water, skies and mountains of California has built an acute optical sensibility. He “looks” at the glazes of atmosphere that cause the shimmering of west coast light. He “looks” at the way water ripples over and distorts the vision of his surfboard as it moves through the waves. He “looks” into waves to read their design and intent.

He continues this examination in his studio as he mixes skeins of color heavily weighted with water. He works over and over the skeins in thin watery glazes until he finds the moment of theatricality that is possible, some would even say inherent, in abstract painting. He works to find an ephemeral game plan of rich, undulating color and light. His artistic fathers are the fathers of abstraction. But his mothers are the air, land and waters of his home.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Graphite Squalls + H2Os: Paintings and Drawings,” Gallery 169, Santa Monica, CA

2016

“H20 Paintings,” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2015

“Slight Return: A Selection of Paintings from 1985–2015,” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013

“New Painting and Resin Reliefs,” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Selected Postcard Collages, 1979–1991,” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012

“H20s AT S.E.A.,” David Hertz Studio, Venice, CA “Ned Evans: New Work,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011

“Ned Evans: Recent Paintings and Works on Paper,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “H20’s: Paintings and Drawings,” Rumba, Santa Monica, CA

2010

“H20’s: Paintings and Drawings,” James Beach, Venice, CA

2009

“Ned Evans: Inside the Prism,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Ned Evans: H20 – Pixels, Paintings, Photos, and Prints,” Mollusk Surf Shop, Venice, CA

2008

“Ned Evans: New Work,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2007

“From the Desert to the Sea,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005

“Selected Works: 1980-2005,” Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA

2004

“New Paintings,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2003

“H2Os: Painting and Drawings,” Acerol Studio, Santa Monica, CA “A Drawing Installation – Paper Moons,” Les Deux Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2001

“Ned Evans: Recent Paintings,” Aldis Browne Fine Arts, Venice CA

2000

“Watercolors on Japanese Paper,” Hiromi Paper Int., Santa Monica, CA “New Paintings,” Off Main Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1998

“Floaters,” Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA

1996

“Recent Paintings,” Deanna Miller Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

1992

“Recent Paintings,” Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990

“New Paintings,” Michael Maloney Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

1988

“Small Paintings and Collages,” Maloney Butler Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1987

“New Paintings,” Michael Maloney Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

1985

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1984

Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna, CA

1983

Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1981

Malinda Wyatt Gallery, Venice, CA

1978

Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1977

Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1976

WengerCasat Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1975

Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1974

Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1973

Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Group Show,” Area 35 Gallery, Milan, Italy

“Group Show,” Melissa Morgan Fine Art Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

“Volcanos and Waterfalls: Ned Evans + David Lloyd,” Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“Venice Now + Then,” Mike Kelly Gallery, Venice, CA

“Group Drawing Show,” Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2016

“Differing Feathers,” The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA “Strata,” Jamie Brook Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA “Gallery Artists Group Show,” Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH “Volcano: Ned Evans + David Lloyd,” Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA “Made in California: Selections from the Frederick Weisman Foundation,” Mana Contemporary, NJ “Tales from Topographic Oceans,” The Great Highway, San Francisco, CA

2014

“Art And Nature,” Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA “ORALE! The Kings And Queens of Cool,” Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico “Group Show,” Malibleu Gallery, Malibu, CA “Joan Quinn Captured: Selections from the Quinn Collection,” Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA “Group Show: Artists from the film MANA,” Gallery Meld, Kailua-Kona, HI “The No-Shows,” TazBones’ Ned Evans + Jim Evans Collaborative, Icon Los Angeles, Hollywood, CA “Summer Group Show,” Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA “The Spirit of the Summer,” Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster, CA “Group Show 7th Year Anniversary,” Gallery 1307, Naples, Italy “LA Artcore: Steve Johns, Andy Moses, Ned Evans,” LA Artcore, Los Angeles, CA

2013

“Surf Gallery Retrospective,” ART4, Laguna Beach, CA “MANA Artists,” Meld Gallery, Kona, Hawaii “Local Fish,” Ernie Wolf Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “H20 Photos,” EIS Gallery, Venice, CA “Ned Evans + Andy Moses,” Joe’s Restaurant, Venice, CA

2012

“Ned Evans & Charles Christopher Hill,” Gallery 478, San Pedro, CA “H2Os,” AK Gallery, Venice, CA “Surf Junkie: Kevin Butler, Herbie Fletcher, Ned Evans + Dane Peterson,” POP Gallery, Culver City, CA “Artists X Architects,” Joe’s Restaurant, Venice, CA “California Art: Selections from the Frederick Weisman Foundation,” Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA “Ed’s Party: Spheres Of Influence In The LA Art Scene,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Impact: Emotions of Color,” Virginia Miller Gallery, Miami, FL “Light and Space,” Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA “California Abstract Painting: 1952 to 2011,” Woodbury University, Nan Rae Art Gallery, Burbank, CA

2011

“California Art: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,”Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA “Best Kept Secret/Pacific Standard Time,” University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA “Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn,” Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA “Surf’s Up,” Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

2010

“Swell: 1950-2010,” Nyehaus Gallery, Metro Pictures, and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Chelsea, NY “Group Show,” Virginia Miller Gallery, Coral Gables, FL “Verbatim: Inspiration In Translation,” Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH “Dark Wave,” IGM Art Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA “Group Show,” Melissa Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA

2009

“Unframed: Works On Paper,” Surf Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA “ETA LA II,” Nahcotta Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “In a Different Light,” Eric Phleger Gallery, Encinitas, CA “ETA LA,” Nahcotta Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Insight L.A.,” Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA “California Visions,” Melissa Morgan Gallery, Palm Desert, CA “Versions of Abstraction,” Art Dimensions Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008

“Ten year Group Show,” Toomey-Tourell, San Francisco, CA “Drawings: New York-Los Angeles,” Manchester Gallery, Westchester, CA “Group Show,” Diana Ferrone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA “Group Show,” Applegate Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Surf Art Nouveau,” Montanaro Gallery, Newport, RI

2007

“Modernism Today,” LAX, Bradley Terminal, Los Angeles, CA “4th Annual Art and Surf Culture Exhibition,” Sao Paulo, Brasil “The Eclectic Eye: Pop And Illusion,” Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center “Ned Evans & Eric Johnson,” Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

“Good To Go,” Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Abstract Notions,” Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA and Riverside Art Museum, Riverside CA “Group Show,” Applegate Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “L.A. Scene,” The Surf Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA “Group Show,” Victoria Boyce Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

2005

“Pattern and Practice,” William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA “Group Show: Skate and Surf,” Westside Underground Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004

“Work on Paper,” Calix Fine Art, Seattle, WA “Group Show,” Applegate Art Gallery, Malibu, CA “Art Wave,” Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills, CA “Pink,” Cartelle Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA “Masters of Venice,” Half a Dozen Rose Gallery, Venice, CA “Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing,” Milk Gallery, New York, NY

2003

“The Art of Paint,” Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA “Minimalism and More,” Contemporary Art from The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA “Surf Odyssey: Ned Evans, David Lloyd, Grant Rohloff,” Universal Art Gallery, Venice, CA “Anonymous Connections,” Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA “Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing,” San Jose Museum, San Jose, CA “Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing,” The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

2002

“Group Show,” Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA “Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing,” Laguna Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

2001

“Ned EvansNancy Kay,” Art at Michael’s, Santa Monica, CA

2000

“Surf Trip,” Yerba Buena Art Center, San Francisco, CA “Track 16 Gallery,” Santa Monica, CA “Group Show,” rumba, Santa Monica, CA “Drawing Show”, Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA “Update 2000,” Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA

1999

“Intimate Abstract Paintings,” Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA “Group Show: BIG,” Skidmore Contemporary Art, Malibu, CA

1998

“Group Show,” Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA

1997

“Forms of Abstractions,” Deanna Izen Miller Gallery, Venice, CA “East West,” Molly Barnes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “California/New York,” Rush Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York, NY “Group,” R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1996

“L.A. Notables,” Deanna Miller Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

1995

“Small Works,” Deanna Miller Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

1994

“Group Show,” Janie Beggs Gallery, Aspen, CO

1992

“Telephone Group Show,” South Coast Metro Center, Costa Mesa, CA

1991

“Group Exhibition,” U.C. Irvine, Works Gallery, Long Beach, CA “Seductive Geometry,” Olga Dollar Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1990

“Group Exhibition,” Palms Blvd., B & B Gallery, Venice, CA “Group Show,” Karl Bornstein Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1989

“Ned Evans, Jim Ganzer, Jon Stokesbury,” LJB Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

1988

“Works on Paper,” Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1986

“A Southern California Collection,” Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985

“Monotypes,” Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA “Group Show,” Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984

“A Broad Spectrum,” Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA “Gallery Artists,” Roy Boyd Galley, Los Angeles, CA “Olympic Project,” Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA “Selected Works,” Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA

1983

“Group Show,” Galerie Arcadia, Paris, France “Lights, Camera, Action,” Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Environs 11,” Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA “Monotypes,” Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1982

“Canvassing L.A.,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA “L.A. as Subject Matter,” Center for Photo Studies, Los Angeles, CA “Art Collection of Security Pacific Bank,” Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA “Contemporary Triptychs,” Pomona Art Gallery, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

1981

“The Intimate Object,” Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Monotypes,” Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “LAVA ‘8 1,” Japanese Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA “Some Paintings ‘For Example’,” Security Pacific Bank, Los Angeles, CA “3 Views at Space,” Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “AntiStatic,” Baxter Art Gallery, Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

1979

“Ned Evans, Joe Fay Collages and Drawings,” Texas Gallery, Houston, TX “Drawing Show,” Texas Gallery, Houston, TX “Ned Evans, Joe Fay,” Stage One Gallery, Orange, CA “10 Abstract Painters,” Montgomery Art Gallery, Pomona College, Pomona, CA “Group Show,” Janus Gallery, Venice, CA “Ned Evans, Bruce Richards, Greg Erickson,” Conejo Valley Art Museum, Thousand Oaks, CA Los Angeles County Museum of Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1978

“100 +,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1977

“100 +,” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles “Miniatures,” California State University, Los Angeles, CA “Six West Coast Artists,” Dorothy Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, IL “Abstract Paintings: A Selected Exhibition,” Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

1976

“PrimeTime: L.A. Painting,” Libra Gallery, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA “West Coast Artists,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY “Attitudes,” California State University, Los Angeles, CA “Drawings by Artists Who Live and Work in Santa Monica and Venice,” Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1975 “Irvine Milieu,” La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA “First Decade,” M.F.A., University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA “OmniumGatherum 1975,” La Tortue Gallerie, Santa Monica, CA “Last Picture Show,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Five Artists,” Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA “Collage and Assemblage in Southern California,” L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA “Artist Choice,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Off the Stretcher Works,” College of Marin, Marin, CA Newspace at Bowers Museum, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA

1974

“Group Show,” Susan Rush Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Fifth Annual Group Show,” Jack Glenn Gallery, San Diego, CA “Jack Glenn Selects,” San Bernardino State College, San Bernardino, CA

1973

“Market Street Program,” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA “Four Artists,” Newspace Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

1972

“Quiet Space 5 Artists,” El Camino State College, Torrance, CA “2 Man Show: Ned Evans and Gary Beydler,” Jack Glenn Gallery, Corona Del Mar, CA “New Art of Orange County,” Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1971

“Third Annual Painting Competition,” Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (Purchase Award]