about the artist
Dick McEvoy is an oil and pastel painter who traces his routes back to the influences of two of his favorite art movements – Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism.
“My two favorite art periods are Abstract Expressionism
and Impressionism and the artists that have most influenced my emerging painting style are Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell among the Abstract Expressionists; and Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cezanne among the Impressionists. Cezanne in fact actually bridges the two periods as his Post-Impressionist works were truly the precursor to many abstract artists.
To totally immerse myself in the influence of the Impressionists, I have taken numerous trips to France and have painted en plein air in many of their favorite locales, including Paris, Giverny, Étretat in Normandy, and at several locations in Provence, including Arles, Les Baux, St. Rémy, and Aix-en-Provence. My plein air pastels echo the influence of Monet and Pissarro, while my studio oil work takes on more thickly placed layers of paint and less-than-defined forms that beckon thoughts of Cézanne’s efforts to simplify everything into shapes. My more recent studio work is primarily oil and enamel paint on larger canvases, and this is where the abstract artist in me is coming through. I call my emerging style 'abstract impressionism.'”
McEvoy’s work is in over 350 Private and Corporate collections and he has exhibited in France (Normandy, Giverny, and Provence), Florence Italy, Taipai Taiwan, and in numerous locations across the northeastern U.S.
Dick McEvoy was born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and he has lived most of the last 60 years in New England. His art education includes taking courses at Rhode Island School of Design while getting his B.A. at Brown University, and studying with Violette de Mazia at the Barnes Museum while earning his MBA at The Wharton School/the University of Pennsylvania.