Maurice Evans first realized his creative focus through the lens of music. Born in Smyrna, Tennessee, he began taking guitar lessons at age four. His father was a military man, but also a gifted drummer and singer in a gospel choir. Exposure to the music of Al Green, Chaka Khan, and Marvin Gaye, inspired Evans’s early creative growth.
When his family settled in Georgia, Evans began to pursue visual art in high school. In 1986, he was accepted to the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he studied fashion illustration to advance his painting and drawing skills. After college, Evans worked for small and large design firms but ultimately could not achieve the artistic freedom for which he yearned.
In 1994, with the support of his family and friends, he had his first successful exhibition at the juried Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. From there, he soon bought a booth at the New York Art Expo, where he met new clients and collectors. As his independent career launched, his work was exhibited in numerous galleries and venues and received critical acclaim.
Today, Maurice Evans expresses his artistic creativity through a diverse mixture of art and photography. A walk through his gallery reveals an interpretation of ideas and imagery through a lens of bold colors, graceful images and abstract expressions. The vocabulary of his palette articulates unique expressions of music, culture, gender and politics. Evans lives in Atlanta, where he is never far from a sketch pad.