biography of Minnie Jones EVANS (1892-1987)

Birth place: Long Creek, Pender County, NC

Addresses: Wilmington, NC

Profession: Painter

Exhibited: Solos: The Art Image, New York, 1969, Davison AC, Wesleyan Univ., Middletown, CT, 1969 & 1970, Dorothy Yepez Gal., Saranac Lake, NY, 1970, Portal Gal., London, England, 1970; St. John's Art Gal., Wilmington, 1970; Nina Howell Starr, NYC, 1970s

Work: Newark (NJ) Mus.; Indianapolis Mus.; Mus. Am. Folk Art, NC; Illinois Bell Telephone, Chicago; AFA

Comments: A descendant of slaves from Trinidad who began painting at age 43. She was a domestic servant until 1948 and later a gatekeeper. Dewhurst, MacDowell, and MacDowell call her a visionary artist because of her deeply personal imagery and provocative use of eyes." Preferred media: pen, ink and crayon drawings in 1940; watercolors, oils after 1954; some collage in the 1960s.

Sources: WW73; Nina Howell Starr,"The Lost World of Minnie Evans," Bennington Review (summer, 1969); Suzanne Ulamis, "Artist Minnie Evans, Gifted Primitive," Am. Illus. (May 1971); Geoffrey Ashe, Camelot and Vision of Albion (Heinmann, 1971); Dewhurst, MacDowell, and MacDowell, 160; Petteys, Dictionary of Women Artists.