In a new exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, artist Bill Evaul presents a wide spectrum of paintings, prints and drawings spanning 40 years of work.
Best known for his “Provincetown Prints” or white-line color woodcuts, Mr. Evaul describes every woodcut image starting life as a painting or drawing: “The woodcuts are dramatic in themselves, but the direct, raw energy originates from the first artistic impulse in those paintings and drawings.”
Mr. Evaul is constantly sketching from life. At a musical performance, he will fill several pages of his sketchbook while observing musicians and dancers in motion. From these pages a more developed painting or drawing evolves, and it is from these images that Mr. Evaul creates his woodcut prints.
While Mr. Evaul often focuses on musicians at work, dancers interpreting music also intrigue him. Elements of movement and vibration can be translated to other subjects as well, especially in his “Dancing Houses” series where the buildings seem to move to an unheard rhythm and melody.
Mr. Evaul is the recipient of the 2020 Cape Cod Museum of Art Muse Artist Award for his contributions to the Cape Cod arts community as an artist, educator, historian and curator.
“Song and Dance: Expressions from Life, Works by Bill Evaul” will be on view through November 30.
The museum is at 60 Hope Lane in Dennis on the grounds of the Cape Cod Cinema and Cape Cod Playhouse.