I met Donovan Evans a few years back in Bartow we both did an event that Platform Art hosted I think it was called buck wild his art was really good in fact it was not mainstreme and has its own flavor.
I talked to Donovan while at the show and he was a very nice man and you could tell his passion for art was there and he was a people person I took his card and noticed he was from Venice FL long way for a short show I thought but its for his art that is what take’s so many artist out of state or out of the area they live in a journey for our art we said our good byes and I added him to my facebook.
I saw Donovan again in person some time later at another Platform event and he had more of his work and like before it was really good we were at the Ritz theater in Winter Haven FL, We talked more and hung out during the show and again he was gone LOL I’ll include links on the bottom to his facebook and home page.
Donovan and I were part of a fund raiser for Hillsboro Art at the Tampa museum we each donated 3 of our pieces to help raise money for artist grants and to support the arts yes Donovans art has hung at the Tampa Museum of Art and yes I own 2 Foto Dono works one Photography and one of his assemblage very happy with them.
Now your thinking he isn’t from POLK COUNTY the reason I added this story is because Donovan supports art in Polk County he travels all the way from Venice and back just to show his art that is saying something for the man.
I hope he has so much success that I can sell my DONO’s and retire.
I sent him the following questions and here is his reply.
1. How long have you been doing your art?
The short answer is forever. I went to a Visual Performing Art school as a kid. My dad is an artist as well so he let me paint along with him. My main creative focus for a long time has been photography. Most of my work is inspired by the images I take. I picked up a camera when I was 8 and haven’t stopped clicking the shutter since. However this current version of me that has been working in my current style has been about 5 years now.
2. What does your art mean to you?
I’m a storyteller. My creations are supposed to tell you a story, after all “a picture is worth a thousand words.” However I;m the kind of storyteller that likes just the endings. Sometimes I’ll skip a head to the end of a book and read the last sentence or paragraph. If the ending is intriguing enough I’ll jump back into the book to see how the author got there. So the last series of creations I’ve made are about the story at the end. You just can’t flip back to the beginning. It’s up to the viewer to figure it out.
3. You support art in polk county can you tell me why?
I’ve lived in Sarsota County for most of my adult life. Which is supposed to be this Mecca of Art on the Gulf Coast. But it’s seasonal here so there is not a great deal of support for local artist. I am speaking in general here about the art scene. There are lots of local artist but the stuff that gets attention are beach scenes, and the Ca’D’Zan, birds, landscapes, etc. But the local lowbrow or just different artist hardly gets a voice.
However in Polk County I’ve been very well supported. Most of my sales or notices have been there in Polk County. Like most artist I want my work to be seen and appreciated so I go where folks do.
4. What do you call your style of art?
I formally call it assemblage, reclaimed art, or you could also call it a form of found art collages with photos,
5. What artist has inspired you most?
Well, I’m gonna sound cliché but my dad is a constant source of inspiration. Other influences have been other artist that no one really knows, Scott McCloud, George Peréz, & Dave McKean. They primarily work in the comic book medium. Their stories and their art have been an inspiration all through my life. I also studied art history when I lived in Florence, Italy and I was very inspired by the Gothic and Renaissance styles left behind.
6. Not only do you do reclaimed art but your a photographer how long have you done that.
My main creative focus for a long time has been photography. Most of my work is inspired by the images I take. I picked up a camera when I was 8 and haven’t stopped clicking the shutter since. However this current version of me that has been working in my current style has been about 5 years now.
7. You like going on photo safaris tell me about one adventure.
For me, my Foto Safaris have been about enjoying my passion of photography. Sometime it leads me into interesting places. I typically gravitate towards the out of the way places. Abandoned buildings and trails that are off the beaten path. I’ve been growled at by gators, bitten by fire ants, cornered by snakes, and warned off private property. So far no gunplay, just threatened with police action. I keep thinking I should wear a vest like the police do when they raid places. Except my would say Photo-Artist.
8. You show art at platform art shows would you encourage other artist to do the same.
You bet. They’ve been very supportive.
9. When is your next art show and where?
I’ve a group show in Ruskin, at the SouthShore Regional Library.
15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, Florida 33573.
This is a photography show.
10. Where do you see your art lets say in the next 5 years?
Well, I’d like to see myself do bigger and bigger pieces…. The questions becomes where do you put them… ? What would make me happy as an artist is I’d like to have a studio/gallery with a place I can bunk at with an RV out back for traveling. Hopefully before I’m 50…. :)
Thanks for doing this Donavon I hope people learned about you and your art.