About The Artist
American furniture designer Paul Evans utilized innovative technologies and unorthodox materials to create experimental, modern furniture. Neighbor to George Nakashima and creative partner with furniture designer Phillip Lloyd Powell, Evans helped establish New Hope, Pennsylvania, into an artists' community geared toward modern furniture design.
In the 1950s he formally trained as a silversmith, goldsmith, and blacksmith at the Philadelphia Textile Institute (now the Philadelphia University); the Rochester Institute of Technology; and as the first American recipient of the Booth Fellowship, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. After selling designs to the Raymor Company, he moved to New Hope in 1955. There he met Powell and the two formed a business partnership lasting ten years.
Evans used a range of different metals to construct distinctly sculptural furniture, such as bronze, pewter, copper, and steel. A 1957 exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (currently the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York garnered him national attention, and by 1966 he had opened his Bucks County studio, which employed over fifty people. Evans's Cityscape and Argente series, which include some of his most famous designs, were manufactured by Directional Furniture throughout the second half of the 20th century.
“Paul Evans II.” Interactive Database: Bucks County Artists. The James A. Michener Art Museum, 2012. Web. 28 Aug. 2012.