Monday, November 8, 2010
It is strange, interesting, and amazing to personally know an artist without knowing them. A few weeks ago, I found out that a man I knew was an artist, and to be matter-of-factly, a well known artist of this area. I know him as Paulden while others know him by his last name, Evans. Paulden Evans has been creating art for 10 years, as well as being a general contractor who builds custom homes. Evans makes us look at the familiar in new ways by playing with, and sometimes even contradicting, our expectations of how art should look and behave. His large-scale paintings, in oil enamel and metal are abstract, as he uses metal rather than canvas as his medium, coating the surface with layers of pigment. The top layers are cracked as with age or tectonic movement so that the bottom layers show through, creating unexpected flickers of color, reminiscent of specks of ore or jewels.