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Jil Evans is a painter and printmaker who lives in Minneapolis. Her artwork is informed by a diverse range of interests and experiences, ranging from an on-going study of Italian and Dutch Baroque painting, to a trip to the Galapagos Islands to investigate the vegetation and the geological forms of volcanic activity.
I make abstract paintings originating in observation. I have learned to trust that what I find visually fascinating in the world has deep connections with the questions I have about how we inhabit the world. The movement of light, reflections on water combined with what lies underneath, and the architecture of natural structures all open up possibilities for me to explore the way intimacy, alienation, struggle and freedom co-exist in the psyche in a constant state of flux. My curiosity about how other minds make sense of experience has also led me to engage with the complex and exuberant paintings of Baroque painters whose color, animation and high-spirited gestures still feel very alive and relevant to me.
Evans has shown nationally and internationally, and has work in several museum and corporate collections. She has received the Jerome Foundation Grant, Arts Midwest/ National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Pew Grant to study and paint in Italy, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Evans has a BFA from Calvin College, and received her MA in painting at the University of Iowa, and MFA in painting from Stanford University.