Regrettably, Donald died in a house fire in 1977. He was living in Amsterdam and only 31 years old. There is a book, now out of print, The World of Donald Evans which illustrates his wonderful efforts. I hope he will one day grace an official U.S. commemorative stamp. If you review his stamps you will see that he was more into philately than I. He would paint multiples of the same one, paint compositions with geometric borders of countries and values — the book’s cover gives you an idea of his style. But those were early efforts when he first moved to the Netherlands. Later on his work became much more subtle, more magical, paintings more like jewels—-as you can see in the Quest page image above ” Women of Katibo ” — the original of which my friend in the Hague, Cecile owns and keeps on her piano.
Donald did not mail his work. I, however, have always mailed mine because I feel by risking them to the mail they have “flown” and traveled as they were meant to do—– taken far away, set loose, and worked their way home. It gives them a life, a history, and an adventure of their own. They are birthed. In 2008 I discovered a book about an artist named Hundertwasser while waiting in an Edmonton, Alberta ( Canada ) library. The quote of his at the top of this page echoes my own feelings about the need to actually mail my paintings. Incidentally, Hundertwasser turns out to be a pretty interesting guy. He has a very characteristic busy sort of geometric style. I would have enjoyed knowing him too though he lived in New Zealand apparently and died in 2000. You might enjoy checking seeing a few of his paintings at —
In March of 2017 I was able to fulfill at long held dream and buy an original stamp that Donald Evans had done—- from a gallery in New York City. I wrote this note to the galleries director — Salvatore Schiciano:
Life can be disheartening, difficult, chaotic and busy……….but always it seems…..one can notice a pretty girls smile, or pink in the sky or taste some chocolate or meet a friend or hear a familiar song.
Donald invented an art form, a difficult variation of the larger Stamp Art, that fell into my lap after trying many different ones — it fits me just right and that is why I have stuck with it for 35 years. Over and over it gave me a way of celebrating the magic in life —trying to poke up thru the daily deluge of demands. He lives on in me and you and others though it has been 40 years since he died. The outlet his example provided has been essential to me, saved me at times, gave me an esthetic dimension that gave voice to my gratitude.
More than most, I believe you would understand for me after 35 years — the deep pleasure of holding something he also held — sharing a small piece of common joy — both of us saying life is beautiful.
thank you for that,
In May 2017 I was able to get to Amsterdam and finally cross paths with Donald. Please see my Blog tab for some pictures and look for stamps from the Country of Evans under The Paintings Tab on the masthead.