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Stephen W. Evans

Stephen W. Evans

Stephen W. Evans was born and raised in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania where he received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of the Arts in 2010. In 2017, Stephen received his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Stephen teaches Drawing and Art Appreciation at Samford University and works as an assistant preparator at the Ambros-Engel Institute for Visual Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Lauren Frances Evans, and their three-year-old daughter, Agnes. 

Artist Statement:

Themes that run throughout the work are fear, faith, doubt and death. Most of the works come from my own personal experiences as they are intertwined with bits and pieces of culture (e.g. film, literature, paintings, etc.) and take a somewhat subliminal approach in their picturing. Things I ask myself are who am I, where have I come from, what am I doing with this brush in my hand, what am I afraid of, what was that feeling, what was that place and is it more real to me now that I have painted it? These questions tend to permeate throughout my work in general and stand to resemble ways in which I feel I have experienced both life and death as a unified and encapsulated thing.