Paul Evans

1931-1987

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Status, price and estimation of the artist Paul Evans

Price of furniture: €500 – €200,000

Price of an object: €100 – €6,000

Estimate for a sculpture: €1,000 – 150,000

Estimated cost of a luminaire: €500 – €15,000

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Metal, a material of choice

Paul Evans was an American designer born in Newton, Pennsylvania in 1931 who died in 1987 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

From 1950 onwards, he distinguished himself with his unique metal creations, combining gold, copper, silver and pewter to form remarkable furniture.

After training at several institutions, Philadelphia Textile Institute in Pennsylvania in 1950 where he worked with wood, the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He went on to work in metal at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1952, graduating as a sculptor and silversmith.

Designer – artist, a unique practice

In 1955, at the age of 24, he set up his artist’s studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he began to make one-of-a-kind, signed and dated pieces and elevated his design creations to the status of a work of art. His approach went against the grain of the more industrially oriented designers of his time. He had a showroom with Philip Lloyd Powel, also a designer, for almost ten years.

It is thanks to his pieces, which are somewhere between works of art and functional furniture, that he found the opportunity to work with the furniture manufacturer Directionnel Furniture Company, which would be his exclusive distributor in the United States. Together they created small-scale handmade objects, which the artist oversaw at every stage of production.

Paul Evans valued craftsmanship and materials in his works. His pieces in sculpted bronze, stainless steel, copper and slate are recognizable by their massive geometric forms, but also by their organic sculpted details. Thus, he became one of the major figures of the American Crafts movement of the 1970s, which opened the doors of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York, now called the Museum of Arts & Design, for an exhibition in 1961.

Singular objects

Objects produced in small series with the DFC, such as the Cityscape brass and chrome lamp, c. 1975. The price of such an object can reach up to 2000€, a table can cost between 2115€ and 6350€. Estimates for Paul Evans’ unique works of art can reach up to €150,000. Sculptures are estimated at around €14,000.

Along with his son Keith, an electrical engineer, Evans experimented with new materials and lightened his increasingly minimal forms. The two formed Zoom, Inc. in 1983, and became involved with the Design Institute of America.

In 1987, Evans retired and died shortly afterwards of his third heart attack.

Recognising Paul Evans’s signature

Like many artists, Paul Evans did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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