David C. Evans

The Pleasant Message

By Chris Brunelle

At first glance of David Evans’ piece, “LSD,” you get the sense that the artist takes trips that are much more pleasant and organized than the experience of fellow drug users.  A zigzag down the long canvas separates the experience into repeating compartments.  A small figure of a man is contained in each compartment with boxy patterns of a green-blue palate.  It is abnormal enough to justify its induced inspiration but pleasant enough to not offend you if you happen to be sitting next to it in a coffee shop slurping down your half-caf skim latte.

“Greed” is a portrait of an upper-class gentleman appearing to be suited for a special event and enjoying a martini he got from the open bar.  The star of this portrait definitely wears the garb of a man focused on the dollars.  He appreciates the finer associated things like the classy cocktail and a cigar.  Swirling above him in the portrait is a myriad number of question marks colored in a green and red Christmas theme suggesting one of the more capitalist holidays.  These question marks can be interpreted as the artist’s curiosity about this path in life.  It can also represent the mentality of our greedy hero.  What does it all mean?  Are the gains worth the investment?  Is my suit fancy enough to fit in at this party?  Is this party really kickin’?  The man’s eyes have big bags from the wear and tear of his life.  It appears that he is either sweating or crying, as there are drop shapes below his eyes.  He may have convinced himself that he’s proud of his business clout, but the toll is quite evident.  Either way, Evans is telling us to steer clear of such a path.

“Pac man” brings a child-like touch to this Evans Abstraction.  Pac man looks just like Pac man but the rest of this piece doesn’t mirror the layout of the video game.  You see something that looks like one of the ghosts but not the color of Inky, Blinky, Pinky, or Clyde.   You also see the corridors Pac man passes through arranged abstractly.  There are smiley faces popping up throughout which brings this painting close to the realm of a child’s afternoon daydream creation.  It’s a nice touch in creating a look and feel of the time of our lives when video games are more significant.  The piece holds many soft and bright colors while still retaining the appearance of a cyber gaming dimension. Faintly throughout the painting are the silhouettes of a man running.  This suggests a games ability to bring the player into the action.  Not only is Pac man on the chase, you are, too.

“Square” is another portrait stylistically even more interesting than “Greed.” The recurring presence of square designs in Evans’ work takes on further meaning in the piece where the character depicted fits the description for the alternate meaning of the title. A Looney Tunes-ish man is looking eager and dressed for a night out on the town. A cover of square patterns softens his figure, only a few of which reveal a crisp look at the man behind it.  His cuff, lapel flower, and eye are the only elements in sharp focus and vibrant color.   Otherwise, he is slightly hidden behind the squares.  This could suggest that being a square himself, he is hidden by his normalcy.  There’s nothing about him that stands out so he ends up just blending into the background.  Also, he looks like no stranger to shyness and this could further make his presence seem mostly hidden.

The work of David C. Evans is all easy on the eyes and offers depth behind all the pretty colors and interesting patterns.  He has a refreshingly light-hearted approach to the themes he’s expressing.  He clearly has a message but he’s not beating you over the head with it while he lulls you into his grasp with a soothing palette of colors.


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