An Interview With Ben Evans

Join us Thursday January 23rd at Guy Hepner gallery for the print release and signing of artist Ben Evan’s latest print series launch from 6-8PM with the artist present.

Exclusively with Guy Hepner, the release features a series of unique hand embellished works as well as three standard prints based off of Evans’s latest original paintings that will be on view during the showcase and signing event.

The prints will be available online on Guy Hepner’s website world wide at 2PM EST, Thursday January 23rd.

What’s particularly inspiring to you at the moment?

Super campy films like Pink Flamingoes and Death Becomes Her have been in my visual rolodex as of recently. Living in Los Angeles has been really inspiring and eye opening as well. I am very reactive to my environment and my works have changed a lot since my move.

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What’s the creative process like for you in the studio? For a work to come to life, what imagery usually comes first?
I see myself as a sort of conductor of images. I’ve created a vocabulary with certain images and colors that are important to me so each time I start something new, the process really is just me carefully placing my favorite things into a square or a rectangle.

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You recently moved your studio to LA this past year – how has that change in locale influenced your new works?
I think my overall attitude towards making work and being in the studio shifted when I moved to Los Angeles. It’s much more of a religious experience to make art for me now. The works feel lighter now, but more dense in effort.

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It seems that there’s been a bit of a shift in your recent paintings towards portraiture or scenes that are more focused on the figure instead of their surroundings. Can you talk about what inspired that transition? 

I wanted to strip down the earlier works and try to exclude a lot of what I think was unnecessary. The works are very performative and a lot of the time focused on one individual. I wanted to isolate the figures and have the viewer have some one on one time with them. I think it’s more powerful that way.
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Your use of light and shadows has also become much more prominent. What was the thought behind that stylistic approach? 

It adds needed drama and camp in these spaces.
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What’s in store for you in 2020?

A lot I can’t talk about yet. Stay tuned!!