We had the good fortune of connecting with Ned Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ned, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started painting at about 10 years old. No deliberating – I just did it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am primarily an abstract painter. I also do small wall reliefs, drawings, seascapes, and photography. I supported my artwork by learning to build almost anything – galleries, homes, studios, and artists projects. None of it was easy. I always used what I did for money to hopefully inspire or complement my artwork and learning how to design and build a structure from drawing to completion helped with that. Those experiences of designing and building are obvious in most of my work. Eventually, I was able to support myself from art sales.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to the to the beach. Maybe drive up to Santa Cruz. Nature is more interesting than people and better than any human-made anything.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I went to UCI fine arts program in 1968. At that time, my instructors were all professional artists more than teachers. That exposure was extremely valuable. I studied with, and was studio assistant to, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha and Craig Kaufmann. Also studied with Robert Irwin, Peter Alexander, Vija Celmins, John Mason and Tony Delap while at Irvine. That was 50 years ago and I was extremely lucky to know these artists and become lifelong friends with them all.
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photo of me by T. Marshall