His adjectives classical painting, his nouns modern life, Kevin McEvoy’s work is an amalgamated vocabulary. Having acquired painting techniques at the world renowned Charles Cecil Studios of Florence, Italy, Kevin returned to New York to construct a custom designed painter’s studio on Long Island. His works show the painful regret in a prisoner’s eye, the hopeful lines of a pregnant woman, the rust atop a vice. His paintings speak to us because they are a testament to lived experience, a poem to everyday life.
“I’m not so concerned with originality, I’m not after that artist statement that shocks us with its newness. It’s really just simple. I just paint what I am with, where I am. I simply relay the story before me, the way the neck of a violin is worn down by a century of playing, the lyrical silhouette of a woman’s neck, the distant stare of a Vietnam Veteran. I’m fascinated by common things.”
Before training in Florence, Kevin studied oil painting in New York and Valparaiso, Chile. Today he paints and teaches in New York, where he lives with his wife and three sons.