Paul Evans, Turning Metal into Art

This 2014 documentary provides a deeper look into the life and career of Paul Evans and the James A. Michener Museum's exhibition Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, in which the present lot was featured.

There is nothing that cannot be done in metal and I do not work in metal in a normal way, or for that matter, like any other craftsman I know or have heard about.

Paul Evans

Paul Evans 1931–1987

Born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1931, Paul Evans exhibited talent for design at an early age. He studied woodworking in high school and briefly attended the Philadelphia Textile Institute. Evans was awarded the Aileen O. Webb Scholarship in 1950 and studied at the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen. He would continue his studies at Cranbrook in 1952 with a focus on metalwork. In 1953 he took a position as the metal craftsman at the living museum, Old Sturbridge Village. Feeling that his creativity was being stifled, Evans left the museum in 1955 to find a more stimulating environment. He opened a showroom with fellow designer Phillip Lloyd Powell and the two began a decade long collaboration. Evans’ experiments with welded and enameled sculpture in the early 1960s caught the eye of the Directional furniture company. Directional was looking for handmade furniture with distinctive character and Evans’ new American craft designs were a perfect fit. In 1971, Evans developed the brass and chrome Cityscape line for Directional marking a departure from his earlier sculptural works. In the 1980s, working with his son Keith, an electrical engineer, he continued to experiment with new materials and design increasing minimal forms with kinetic elements. Together, they formed Zoom, Inc. in 1983 and began a relationship with the Design Institute of America. In 1987, just one day after his retirement, Evans suffered his third heart attack and died.

Auction Results Paul Evans

PAUL EVANS, Important and Early Sculpture Front cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Important and Early Sculpture Front cabinet

estimate: $120,000–160,000
result: $312,500
PAUL EVANS, Sculpture Front cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculpture Front cabinet

estimate: $95,000–125,000
result: $137,500
PAUL EVANS, Important Sculpture Front wall-mounted cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Important Sculpture Front wall-mounted cabinet

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $125,000
PAUL EVANS, Sculpture Front wall-mounted cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculpture Front wall-mounted cabinet

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $106,250
PAUL EVANS, Exceptional Argente cabinet, model PE 42A | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Exceptional Argente cabinet, model PE 42A

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $100,000
PAUL EVANS, Custom chandelier | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Custom chandelier

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $87,500
PAUL EVANS, Exceptional Argente cabinet, model PE 42A | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Exceptional Argente cabinet, model PE 42A

estimate: $65,000–95,000
result: $71,500
PAUL EVANS, Rare and exceptional Argente cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Rare and exceptional Argente cabinet

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $62,500
PAUL EVANS, Sculpted Bronze wall-mounted cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculpted Bronze wall-mounted cabinet

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $60,000
PAUL EVANS, Sculptured Metal disc bar | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculptured Metal disc bar

estimate: $19,000–25,000
result: $53,125
PAUL EVANS, Deep Relief cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Deep Relief cabinet

estimate: $37,500–47,500
result: $50,000
PAUL EVANS, Sculpted Bronze disc bar | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculpted Bronze disc bar

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,750
PAUL EVANS, Wavy Front cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Wavy Front cabinet

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $43,750
PAUL EVANS, Cabinet, model PE 40 | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Cabinet, model PE 40

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $43,750
PAUL EVANS, Vertical Sculptured Metal cabinet (PE 145) | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Vertical Sculptured Metal cabinet (PE 145)

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,500
PAUL EVANS, Sculptured Metal cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculptured Metal cabinet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $36,250
PAUL EVANS, Rare Skyline dining table | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Rare Skyline dining table

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $35,000
PAUL EVANS, Sculpted Bronze chairs, pair | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Sculpted Bronze chairs, pair

estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $35,000
PAUL EVANS, Custom Sculptured Metal cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Custom Sculptured Metal cabinet

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $35,000
PAUL EVANS, Pair of Sculptured Metal low | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Pair of Sculptured Metal low

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $33,750
PAUL EVANS, Deep Relief cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Deep Relief cabinet

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $33,750
PAUL EVANS, Rare Pair Of Chairs | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Rare Pair Of Chairs

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $33,750
PAUL EVANS, Deep Relief cabinet | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Deep Relief cabinet

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $32,500
PAUL EVANS, Custom dining table | ragoarts.com

Paul Evans

Custom dining table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000