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Henry Evans (Artist)

Henry Herman Evans
Born(1918-05-16)May 16, 1918
Superior, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedMarch 30, 1990(1990-03-30) (aged 71)
St. Helena, California, U.S.
NationalityU.S. citizen
OccupationArtist
Known forBotanical printmaker

Henry Evans (May 16, 1918 – March 30, 1990) was an American printmaker, printer, publisher, bookseller, bibliographer, author, and poet.

Education and Career[edit | edit source]

Henry Evans attended The University of California, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State College, and the Univ. of Arizona.[1]

Bookseller and Printer

He opened the Porpoise Book Shop in Tucson, Arizona, in 1942, relocating it to San Francisco in 1944. His work as a printer began in 1949, when he acquired a hand press (an 1852 Washington Hand Press) and started printing block prints of his own, as well as books of poetry and other items as Peregrine Press.[1][2]

His work as a printer, with The Peregrine Press, produced many books, many of which focused on the work of other artists, including Back to the Cave, by Mark Luca, which is in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of California.[3]

Author

Early in his career, Evans published poetry, including a volume entitled Small New Poems, (San Francisco: Porpoise Bookshop, 1957), as well as books of local history about San Francisco, including Curious Lore of San Francisco's Chinatown, (San Francisco: Porpoise Bookshop, 1957).

Printmaker and Artist

Evans was a self-taught as a printmaker, and began making prints of his own botanical subjects in 1958.[4]. He worked to make sketches of his botanical subjects from nature, then executed his art via linoleum block prints, which were sold from his gallery in San Francisco, and later, after he and his wife Marsha moved to St. Helena in the late 1970s, from their studio there.[5]

Evans's catalog came to comprise over 1,400 subjects, primarily illustrations of plants and flowers, with a special focus on California plants. His prints depicted their subjects life-size.[6]

Exhibitions and Museum Collections[edit | edit source]

Evans's work appeared at an exhibition of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University entitled Five West Coast Printmakers, which ran from November 3, 1975 to February 27, 1976. Besides Evans, the exhibition included work by Henry Mockel (1905–1981), Kenjilo Nanao, Marvin Spohn (1934–1976), and Walter Cleveland.[7]

His work is held by a number of libraries and museums, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco[8], the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, The Albertina in Vienna, Austria, the Bancroft Library, and the McCune Collection in Vallejo, California.[9]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Titles by Evans

  • 2 People and 21 Plants: A Book of 23 Block Prints by Henry Evans. San Francisco: The Peregrine Press at the Porpoise Bookshop, 1962.
  • Bohemian San Francisco. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1955.
  • Curious Lore of San Francisco's Chinatown. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1955.
  • With Patricia Healy Evans. The First Duet. San Francisco: The Peregrine Press, 1950.
  • A Guide to Rare Books." San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1948.
  • John Baskerville: The Gracious Infidel. San Francisco: Peregrine Press, 1953.
  • Posies and Some Others: Seventeen Blocks by Henry Evans. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1961.
  • San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1957.
  • Small New Poems. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1957.
  • Visions and Memories: 28 Linoleum Blocks by Henry Evans. San Francisco: The Porpoise Bookshop, 1961.
  • Western Bibliographies. San Francisco: The Peregrine Press, 1951.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Online Archive of Calfornia: Peregrine Press and Henry H. Evans Collection." Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  2. "The McCune Collection." Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. "Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco." Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  4. Hodge, Brooke. "Seeing Things: Henry Evans" R, New York Times Style Magazine, March 15, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  5. Hodge, Brooke. "Seeing Things: Henry Evans", New York Times Style Magazine, March 15, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  6. Henry Evans website "About Henry Evans" Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  7. "Past Exhibitions: Five West Coast Printmakers." Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  8. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco "Search for Henry Evans works in the museum collections" Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  9. "The McCune Collection." Retrieved February 23, 2018.

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