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DENNIS EVANS

Organization: 
PRIVATE STUDIO
Credentials: 
Dip. ACAD
BFA Calgary
MFA Houston

About the Artist: Dennis Gordon Evans
Dennis Gordon Evans was born in Viking, Alberta in 1946. As a youngster, the prairie landscape began to shape his awareness, and in 1964 he enrolled in the Alberta College of Art (now the Alberta College of Art and Design) in Calgary, Alberta. He graduated in 1968 with a major in pottery and ceramics.

In 1976 Dennis made a career decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Calgary, and upon its completion, he went on to study for a Master’s degree at the University of Houston, graduating in 1980.

Returning to Calgary in 1980, he became the production manager for a major pottery manufacturing company producing hand-crafted wares that were sold across Canada.

In 1986 Dennis opened a production studio under the name, Nant Mill Pottery, in honour of his Welsh roots which produced a functional kitchenware line. While working as a production manager and in his own studio, he was contracted as a consultant which took him to Africa, twice. He also worked as a consultant on a First Nations economic development initiative which created gift ware items sold across Canada.
Business commitments in Calgary kept Dennis away from his own studio until January 2006 when he retired to Naramata, British Columbia. Two years before, he had built a small studio-workshop and with his wife, Patricia, they set about creating a garden setting to surround the studio which is built upon property that had been an old roadway, adjacent to their home.
No longer constrained by the conventions of the workplace, Dennis was able to return to his creative side. Challenged by his new environment, he has begun orienting himself to the new visual experience found in the Okanagan, and this is reflected in his landscape painting. He has also launched his “face studies” series. Using colour to portray emotion, the faces of friends, neighbours and relatives are transformed into works of art. Limited edition pottery items are also being created. This time, shapes and forms are chosen by the artist to reflect his moods and his new found “freedom” to create, resulting in pieces with passion.

Received Penticton Arts council 2016 visual arts award.

DENNIS EVANS, 680 ROBINSON AVENUE, PO BOX 288 NARAMATA, BC V0H 1N0
250-496-5023 d_pevans@shaw.ca
Http://dpevans.shawwebspace.ca
www.gobc.ca/naramata-travel/

Courses Taught

Sample Gallery