An intrepid traveler with an endless passion for the ocean, abstract artist Ned Evans has explored parts of Morocco, Costa Rica, Hawaii, El Salvador, Barbados and is currently surfing the waves of San Juanico, Mexico (as shown below), a tiny fishing village that virtually requires a midday siesta after a morning of surf and a hearty lunch of homemade tamales.
We’ve been lucky enough to show Evans’s work since opening rumba seven years ago and as we run in overlapping art and social circles, we hobnob with him as a friend, as well. His abstract works virtually hum with the gorgeous and spectral elements of the sea, its greatness and grace, as well as the pure joy and fun of the ride the ocean offers for those willing to risk/take it. The culture, colors, and architecture (both manmade and naturally-occurring) of each individual surf spot Evans visits inevitably imbues the subsequent body of work. San Juanico’s recent wild carnival was held on the beach, teasing the incoming tide and entertaining the locals of this town of 1,200; a spectacle of primary colors gone haywire, it served as inspiration for the painting Ignacio, shown below.
Living and working in Venice, California, he’s been both surfing and creating art for over 2/3 of his life, preferring to be seaside as often as possible. Picasso said that ‘Painting isn’t an aesthetic operation; it’s a form of magic designed as a mediator between this strange, hostile world and us, a way of seizing the power by giving form to our terrors as well as our desires.’ Evans reflected aloud, “I wonder if he could have been talking about surfing, too.” Ultimately, the seemingly symbiotic relationship between ocean and art begs the question: would Evans’s artwork exist were it not for the surf? Absolutely, but we think it wouldn’t be quite as captivating.
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