|Project by Arthouse||posted 06-13-2012 04:16 AM||2211 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Today I spent a day with a man I consider one of the greatest masters of wood sculpture I have ever found. His name is Phil Evett a british gentleman who resides in Blanco Texas. His figurative and sensually abstracted forms have captivated both the Texas and international art scenes over a lengthy and accomplished career.Phil began his academic career at Cambridge college of art in 1938 . After the war where he was a pilot in the British Air Force during the war he immigrated to the U.S. and began teaching sculpture and drawing at Trinity University In San Antonio Tx. Today he serves as professor of Emeritus at Trinity and works actively in his studio in Blanco Tx. I first contacted Phil in a letter to ask to apprenticeship with him he declined and said he works alone but said love you stuff come see me. I drove up his drive on twenty acres outside of blanco to his house and studio where he greeted me with his 90 year old white beard smile. We went in and sat to talk about his art and drawings .He described his original inner idea’s come out likes when he draws. He sets his pen to paper and his sub conscious takes hold and he lets go. He said even today he still amazed how it just comes out. We talked about Picasso being prolific , Henry Moore sculpture , and Phil Evett all at 90 years old and still creating. Phil said color or paintings doesn’t do anything for him but when he walks into a room he notices space , volume, mass, texture and form. These are what he instills in his art. When he took me into his Gallery I just stood in amazement at his Art collection pictured above. The pure originality of every piece was breathtaking. The contemporary pieces spoke to me as if they had their own language . They spoke Phil’s sub conscious language of creativity. The proportions of his figures were perfect but different. The use of wood texture some found wood pieces some aluminum as accents to give the contrasting look work in concert with other shapes was imaginative and adaptive . I spent four hours with Phil and left inspired at his vision and talent ; I am lucky to see the parallels in our lives as a working craftsman myself. He is right up there with Sam Maloof , Henry Moore and Picasso creative masters. All this and Heaven too.
-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart