Last winter, Bold Life’s sister publication Carolina Home + Garden ran a feature story on Daniel Nevins (carolinahg.com/new-testament/), the internationally known Asheville designer, illustrator, and fine artist who rose to prominence for his rich, folkloric style, including paintings for a groundbreaking art book on the Old Testament (With a Mighty Hand: The Story in the Torah, by Amy Erlich). Nevins’ images have appeared in publications ranging from The New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to Hi-Fructose magazine.
Beginning this Friday, September 2, he will be honored with a retrospective at Brevard College’s Spiers Gallery that includes the whole range of his career — “even a few album covers.” In the last decade, Nevins has moved into creating gigantic, vivid abstracts, thanks in part to a $10,000 fellowship grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, not to mention the enthusiastic appreciation of his collectors.
“[The abstracts] depict our inner world, that floating world, that inner landscape we each carry inside of us … and it’s probably meaningful that these paintings are so much larger — that our inner world affects so much how we perceive the outer world that we encounter every day,” Nevins told CH+G last year. A few days ago, he remarked to Bold Life: “The work in this show encompasses nearly 25 years of making paintings for both the commercial and fine-art markets. It also exhibits how and why an artist changes styles to move in fresh and provocative directions.”
Opening reception on Friday, 5:30-7pm. Showing through September 30. See brevard.edu/art for more information.