Maurice Evans’ creative focus was first realized through the lens of music. Born in Smyrna, TN, his father was a military man but also a gifted drummer and singer in a gospel choir. He introduced Maurice to guitar lessons at the age of 4, and these lessons along with his exposure to the music of Al Green, Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye, inspired his early, creative growth. As his family settled in Georgia, Maurice began to draw more upon his artistic instincts in high school due to his parent’s divorce and the stunting of his musical outlet by not being selected to join the school band. His mother, a teacher, supported and reinforced his creative ability by allowing him to help design her classroom bulletin boards each year. By the time Maurice graduated, he not only gained recognition as a talented artist at Griffin High School, but also the confidence to pursue his passion. In 1986, he was accepted to the Art Institute of Atlanta where he studied Fashion Illustration to intentionally advance his painting and drawing skills.
After college, Maurice pursued a number of odd jobs working for small and large design firms, but ultimately could not achieve the artistic freedom he yearned for as an independent artist. In 1994, with the support of his family and friends, he had his first successful exhibition at the juried Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. From there, he soon bought at booth at the New York Art Expo where he was introduced to new clients and collectors. As his independent career launched, his work was exhibited in numerous galleries and venues where he received national and international acclaim.
Today, Maurice Evan’s artistic creativity is expressed through a diverse mixture of art and photography. A walk through his gallery reveals an interpretation of ideas and imagery through a lens of bold colors, graceful images and abstract expressions. The vocabulary of his palette articulates unique expressions of music, culture, gender, and politics - all of which reflect his limitless potential. Maurice Evans resides in Atlanta, GA, never far from a sketch pad, and lives by the premise, “Create art for art’s sake,” inspiring viewers and artists alike to pursue their artistic and creative passion.
Because I'm an artist in many different mediums, I try to incorporate as much of my talents as possible. Many of my works contain photography, painting, and construction. With the mixed media work, I often start off with sketches of a concept that I try to translate into photographs. Most of the time the concept revolves around models that I body paint. Once I capture the images I'm happy with, I then come up with a concept for a painting inclusive of the photographs. At this point in the creative process it is important to stay open to the possibilities. This is where as an artist you must get out of your own way. Let the images and your imagination dictate what is going to happen next.
The materials I often use (but not limited to) are wood panels, acrylics, oils, encaustics, pen and ink, paper cut outs, sometimes motorized parts, and models.
Maurice Evans C / V
1968 Born in Smyrna Tennessee Education;
1988 Associate in Art, The Art Institute of Atlanta
2020 Group Show, “Nu Africans”, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta GA
2019 Group Show, “400”, Aviation Cultural Center Gallery, Atlanta GA
2019 Group Show, “Atlanta”, September Gray Art Gallery, Atlanta GA
2017 Group Show, “RSVP”, Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta GA
2016 Solo Show, “Black Girl Magic, Politics & Thangs, The Bridge Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ
2016 Group Show, “Indigo Magic”, Frederick Douglas Isaac-Myers Museum, Baltimore, MD
2015 Group Show, “Creative Soul”, The Bridge Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ 2014 Group Show, “Light Of The Ancestors”, Pepco-Edison Place Gallery, Washington D.C.
2010 Group Show, Avisca Gallery, Marietta, Georgia
2009 Group Show, Stuart Mclean Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Group Show, Herring Fine Art, Oakland, California
2006 Group Show, Herring Fine Art, Oakland, California
2004 Group Show, Herring Fine Art, Oakland, California
2002 Group Show, Herring Fine Art, Oakland, California
2001 One Man Show, “The Other Side” photo exhibition, L. Nichole Gallery 2000 Group Show, The Woodshop Gallery, Chicago Illinois
1998 One Man Show, “The Color Of Jazz” Faith Art Gallery, Brooklyn, New York 1997 One Man Show, “The Waterbearers”, Kubatana Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1996 One Man Show, Artist Showcase Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1996
1995 One Man Show, “Coming Home”, Fine Art Images, Richmond, Virginia 1995 Group Show, Ellis-Chambers Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
1994 Group Show, Galerie 500, Washington D.C.
1994 Group Show, Blue Moon Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia 1994
Sonia Murray, “sPeople In The Arts, Maurice Anthony Evans”, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, July 31, 1994
Sandy Snead Faulk, “An Eye For Art”, Richmond Times Dispatch, December17, 1997
Tim Riley, “Local Artist Gains National Acclaim”, Gwinnett Daily Post, October 6 1999
Janet Caggiano, “Feeding The Soul”, Richmond Times Dispatch, November 28, 1999
Maggie Overstreet, “25 Artists You Should Know More About”, U.S.Art, August 2000
Mashaun D. Simon, “Renowned Artist Featured During This Years Artscape”, Atlanta Daily World, October 8-11, 2000
Reginald P. Anthony, “Maurice Evans, A Man With Great Hands”,Upscale Magazine, April, 2001
Harstfield/Jackson International Airport, Atlanta Georgia
Art Station Permanent Collection, Stone Mountain, Georgia Steed Media Group Corporate Collection
Upscale Corporate collection
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