The Chimeras of Kevin Evans

• by Julia Solis

Somewhere between flora and fauna, deep-sea darkness and blistering daylight roam the creatures of Kevin Evans like alien cave paintings come to slithering life. An artist based in San Francisco, Evans has been exploring the nether realms of his imagination for many years to create intricate and wondrous works for various publications and shows. We have asked him here to share a portrait gallery of his curious aberrations – a series he calls his Chimeras.

In the artist’s words:

My imagery is a concoction of influence from the natural concealed world, instinct, and the cavernous depths of imagination and subconscious. The process is a provoking push and pull journey within medium and self with sporadic introductions of chaos to ensure an unpredictable voyage towards the concluding outcome. When working, I investigate the interior terrain favoring an existence within a silent emblematic space. I deposit symbols, characters, and texture -following an intuitive voice leading to unanticipated and surprising consequences. The creation first begins as a sequence of visual ramblings in sketchbook. Intermittently, unsystematic rudiments and marks of disorder are introduced; on occasion regions destroyed or erased acting as a reaction trigger. It’s a procedure of embracing an atmosphere of unpredictability and Memento Mori. When the illustration has attained a condition of termination, it is then transmitted to canvass, panel, or printed in the intaglio method.

We look forward to hosting an exhibition of Kevin Evans’ creatures when our museum building becomes operational – in the meantime, we hope you enjoy this preview of his work.