Evan works from his studio in East Williamsburg, the back wall neatly lined with tools and the slightly sour smell of wood in the air. Considering his sculpture and design background, his command of unusual materials like soot residue, concrete, and spray doesn’t come as a surprise. But you may be surprised when his minimal, even digital looking, compositions start to unfold in poetic layers-- “bracing practice” indeed.
Evan Ishmael (b. 1985) is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. A background in sculpture and design allows Evan to explore the properties of non-traditional materials in his paintings, using soot residue from a flame as a constant. Combining experimental components with traditional techniques and a minimalist aesthetic, he elevates the functionality of everyday items to create distinctive works of art that push the boundaries of an intensively restrictive medium.