Garth EVANS (b. 1934)

Garth Evans (b. 1934, Manchester, U.K.) is a sculptor and draughtsman best known for his use of geometric, asymmetrical forms and everyday materials.

 

Evans studied at the Slade School of Art in the late '50s. From 1965-79 he was a lecturer at St Martin's School of Art, where he got involved in the infamous pedagogic experiment 'The Locked Room', in which undergraduate students were locked in a room all day and made to work with only one material and no instruction.

 

He is noted for an experimental, conceptually oriented body of work, which has been highly influential in the development of 60s and 70s British Sculpture.

 

In 1979 Garth Evans made a radical break with the UK art scene and moved to the US. Influenced by American Abstract Expressionism, one of Evans' central preoccupations has been how to create sculptural forms that carried no reference to the world. This concept has allowed him to work with the then new, versatile and lightweight medium of fibreglass of which he was a pioneer in the 60s.

 

A recent survey exhibition, Garth Evans, Sculpture, 1960 - 1979 curated by the artist Richard Deacon, organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain, was shown at Longside gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013. It coincided with the publication, Garth Evans Sculpture, Beneath the Skin, a multi authored examination of the artist's practice, published by Philip Wilson.

 

The artist currently lives and works in the USA. Since 1988, he has taught at the Studio School in New York City where he is head of the sculpture department.

The work of Garth Evans is in collections such as Arts Council of England, the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Tate, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

Visit the artist's website at http://garthevans.com.