John Evans earned his MFA in 1979 from Boston University, where he studied under abstract expressionist, Philip Guston. He began his career as a plein air painter, expressing his first-hand experiences in the landscape. He worked on-site in three or four different locations, which transitioned his landscapes from literal to the imagined landscape. John Evans paintings depict the open spaces, fields, coastal beaches of Massachusetts and Southern California. His paintings evoke the transformation of actual subject matter, using color and light to drive the change in of representational elements into abstract structures.
He has exhibited at museums and galleries across the U.S., and received reviews in publications including Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, and Art News. He is found in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, among others.
“I characterize my paintings as ultimately spiritual. They are theaters that invite meditation.”