A really well executed oil on canvas painting of a hammock of dry land in the Everglades of southern Florida, a summer cumulus cloud at right about to become a thunderhead, 18" by 24" (22" by 28" framed), circa late 1960's or early 1970's, signed at lower right by listed artist EDWARD ARTHUR EVANS (1895-). Evans, it appears (after a focused internet search), was born in 1895 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was evidently a man of many talents; an engineer, Army officer in both World Wars (advancing to Brigadier General), general contractor, and civic leader in Dade County and Miami, Florida, (including position of City Manager). He was a member and eventually leader of the American Artists Professional League in the 1960's and 1970's. Evans studied with John Vawter, Elliot O'Hara, and Irving Shapiro, as well as Ernest Savage. He exhibited his works in Miami from 1956-1972, and in New York City from 1960-1972. His resume while in South Florida: Former city manager, Miami, Florida, managing director Oil Users Association, director United National Bank, Miami, board directors United Fund of Dade County, Dade County chapter American Red Cross, Dade County Citizens Safety Council, Lindsey Hopkins Education Center of Dade County Public Schools, Member American Legion, American Artists Professional League, Reserve Officers Association of the United States (past executive director), Mason (K.T., past commissioner), Shriner, Jester, Rotary, Army-Navy Country Club (Washington), Miami Club, Kings Bay Yacht and Country Club (Miami). There do not seem to be any auction records for the scarce works of this obviously talented artist, who probably preceded the Highwaymen, and may have been aware of the works of the iconic A. E. Backus. Evans' trail seems to go cold after 1972. This painting will make a handsome addition to any collection of 20th century Florida art.
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