"Dick McEvoy was first and best known as a painter in pastels, a medium he came to master. Decades of experience found him painting en plein air in all of the famous haunts of the Impressionists throughout France. But those pastels - even those from his native New England - were typically in smaller formats. So when he ventured instead into the medium of oils and attacked large canvases, the experience was a catalyst that encouraged him to more deeply explore the techniques of the Abstract Expressionists. His bravura brushwork has naturally evolved and he frequently uses the butt-end of his paintbrush as a stick to engage in his own drip-action painting. Squint at any large McEvoy oil on canvas and any number of famous members of the New York School will come to mind. But McEvoy has not run amok into the world of non-objectivity. Like Andrew Wyeth, he has remained intimately tuned to nature but has created a new expression that elegantly synthesizes the vocabularies of both the Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists. So, while his large canvases are still recognizable landscapes, and are delightfully enlivened with Monet's brilliant red coquelicots, daisies, and bachelors' buttons bathed in sunlight, they dance atop fields of grass that could have been painted by Pollock. In short, McEvoy captures nature's choreography with a technique that not only reflects the best of two major movements but shows that they are really not the irreconcilable opposites many have assumed."

Peter Hastings Falk
Chief Curator & Editor

Dick McEvoy is an oil and pastel painter who traces his routes back to the influences of his two favorite art movements - Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism.

"I think most artists strive to develop a signature style and self-reliant individuality, but everyone is influenced by what has gone before, and even by what is being done concurrently. To coin the phrase made famous by John Lennon, there's nothing you can do that can't be done - and with that I would like to explain the major influences to my painting style(s).

My two favorite art periods or movements are Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism, and the artists that have most influenced my emerging painting style are Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Robert Motherwell among the Abstract Expressionists; and Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne among the Impressionists. Cezanne in fact actually bridges the two periods as his Post-Impressionist works were truly the precursor to many later abstract artists. To totally immerse myself in the influence of Monet, Pissarro and Cezanne I have taken numerous trips to France and have painted en plein air in many of their favorite locales, including Paris, Giverny, Etretat in Normandy, and at several locations in Provence including Arles, Les Baux, St. Remy, and Aix-en-Provence. My plein air pastels echo the influence of Monet and Pissarro while my studio work takes on more thickly placed layers of paint and less-than-defined forms which beckon thoughts of Cezanne's efforts to simplify everything into shapes. My more recent studio work is primarily Oil and Enamel Paint on larger canvases and this is where the abstract artist in me is coming through. I call my immerging style, Abstract Impressionism.