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The Outsider Art Fair: The Realm of Minnie Evans

Jan 27 - Feb 28, 2021

Minnie Evans (1892-1987)


Shin Gallery in collaboration with the Outsider Art Fair is pleased to present a masterful body of work by Minnie Evans from The Daniel Collection. Self-taught at the age of 43, Evan’s paintings and drawings suggest a fantastical realm full of florals and mystical beings. Imagined by the artist’s visual manifestations, the exhibition highlights an unprecedented selection of museum-quality work collected over the past 20 years by Christian P. Daniel.

Paintings and drawings created entirely from wax crayons or oils depict repetitive motifs. Exotic human faces, spirits, and animals are engulfed in nature, whether flowers or intricate plants. Vibrant greens, pinks, blues, reds, and yellows consume the compositions via foliated patterns. The end result embodies a spiritual synergy, produced from the sub-conscious mind of Minnie Evans.

Evans’ career began in 1935 on Good Friday when she heard a voice instructing her to create art. Within days, she completed two small pen-and-ink drawings on paper composed of circular shapes and elaborate lines. Propelled by an otherworldly experience, Evan’s incessant creations depicted beautiful imaginary worlds.

With elements of Caribbean, East Indian, Chinese, and Western designs, the works evoke divinity with religious intent, much comparable to Byzantine mosaics. A most notable influence can be traced to Evan’s occupation – the gateskeeper of the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, North Carolina. Immersed daily in nature, the gardens provided endless inspiration for Evan’s to create hundreds of works. In 1975, with the assistance of advocate Nina Howell Starr, a solo exhibition of Evan’s work was exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

“I am continually amazed at the body of work she produced and its tremendous variety. She was truly one of a kind. Minnie Evans was the embodiment of a folk artist – an “outsider” looking in on a world of privilege, attuned to the beauty of nature, untrained, and creating her lonely work in response to a calling from God.” - Christian P. Daniel