Evan Jones is a painter based in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts in painting from SCAD Atlanta and has exhibited throughout the United States. In 2017 Jones’ work was included in the annual publication New American Paintings South. His work has been chosen a second time for inclusion in New American Paintings/South, 2020 edition.
Jones was born and raised in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina and he draws heavily on the visual language of the American south combined with the visual language of America at large. Jones’ paintings can be likened to an antique market, which serves as a de facto visual archive where objects are considered not for their original meaning or context but for their aesthetic qualities. By bringing together varying and disparate references, ignoring their original meaning, and offering them on the equal plane of the canvas, Jones too offers a kind of visual archive. One where aesthetics take precedence over meaning, and subjects can be consumed in a new way having been distilled by paint.