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Evelyn Reyes

Evelyn Reyes (b. 1957) creates series of works of repeated abstract shapes in oil pastel on paper. Working on one specific shape at a time, her periods of abstract depictions include cakes, garbage cans, and carrots.

With ritualistic reverence for each aspect of the process, Reyes’ art practice mirrors the repetition and order that are central to her daily life. She begins with a specifically sized paper, always 11 x 17 inches. Next, she chooses a particular shade of oil pastel, outlines the forms, then fills them with a thick impasto. The finished piece she carefully examines, cradles in her arms, and takes to certain cardinal points in the studio.

Reyes worked in Creativity Explored's studio from 2002 to 2017, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally (See below). Her work is included in the permanent collections of Le MADmusée, Liège, Belgium, and the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California. CB2 chose Reyes' carrots as the basis for two pillow designs, and COMME des GARÇONS selected Reyes' work for three t-shirts in 2013. In 2015, Reyes' artworks Three Black Carrots, 2009, Three Orange Carrots, 2012 and Three White Carrots, 2015, oil pastel on paper, 11.5 x 17 inches (each), were selected as winning artworks in the Big-i Art Project's fifth open call. 

Read more about Reyes' work in Larry Rinder's article "A Carrot is a Carrot" in Raw Vision, Gabriella Angeleti's feature, "Connection to Art through the Creation Process for Three Self-Taught Artists," and in Sophia Cosmadopoulos' "Life's a Bunch of Carrots: The Life and Habits of Evelyn Reyes, both in Brut Force.

 See more of Reyes' work on Artsy.

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Samples of Reyes' work

Selected Exhibitions

Black White, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Outsider Art Fair 2017, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Fonds Duvel Moortgat, MADmusée , Liège, Belgium
Shapeshifting, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Resonating Resonance, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, The Nathan Club, Britomart , Auckland, New Zealand
Create, Museum of Art at Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Outside In: The Art of Inclusion, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Create, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Creativity Explored at Ambach & Rice, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Three Forms, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA

Words, Verses and Garabatos, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Subjects of Desire, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA