Painter and writer Jil Evans grew up between Gary, Ind. and Chicago, Ill., and travel between those cities along the southern shore of Lake Michigan shaped the dialectic at the core of her exploration of abstraction. Evans describes “miles of steel and oil industry lighting up the sky with flaming towers, through which one can glimpse the spaciousness and unbroken horizon of the Great Lake.”
Her abstract paintings originate in observation. “I have learned to trust what I find visually enthralling in the world has deep connections with questions I have about how we experience and inhabit the world,” she writes. “I aspire in my paintings to express a profusion of activity, developed with a keen desire for uniting near and far, small and large, the loud and the quiet, the rent with the joined.”
Evans has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, including Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Paris and Rome. Her work is in many private and public collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center. She has received a Jerome Foundation Grant, Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts award, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Pew Grant to study and paint in Italy, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is one of four Minnesota painters featured in Kristin Lowe’s documentary film “Painting the Place Between” that premiered at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.