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53 Years and 625 Mosaics Later, 96-Year-Old Mosaic Hobbyist Has Solo Exhibit

On 02, Apr 2012 | 19 Comments | In News | By Nancie


"Two Bison" (after cave paintings in Lascaux, France) 1959 16 1/2" x 21 1/4"

The Patricia Scott Art Gallery in Bennett Hall at Ohio University-Chillicothe recently hosted an exhibit of 20 mosaics by 96-year-old retired chemist and mosaic hobbyist Phil Evanoff.

The exhibit was but a small, representative sample of Mr. Evanoff’s oeuvre comprised of over 625 mosaics – each a recreation of an image Evanoff has selected through both research and serendipity.

"Mayan Priest" (adapted from a stele in the Museum of The Americas Madrid, Spain) 1981 60" x 21"

Evanoff’s sources of inspiration are a testament to the man’s curious mind and appraising eye.

"St Gregory" (adapted from Bulgarian icon card) 2008 28 1/2" x 15"

Native American woodcuts, Bulgarian icon cards, personal photographs, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the placemat from a restaurant, the paintings of van Gogh, the label from a bottle of sherry consumed in Cordoba, Spain –  all of these images have struck the fancy of Evanoff who has lovingly recreated each of them in tile, glass, stone and shells.

"Tlinget Killer Whale" (adapted from Northwest Coast Indian design) 2002 17 3/4" x 12 3/4"

Evenoff’s first mosaic was, fittingly, “Two Bisons” (above), a reproduction of a portion of the cave paintings in Lascaux, France.  Today, he admits that his work is getting a bit sloppy; he is blind in one eye and half blind in the other.


"Three Kings" (adapted from a Christmas card) 2010 34 7/8" x 27 1/8"

Evanoff”s mosaic technique is straight-forward, simple and appropriate for his subject matter which, for the most part, is highly illustrative.

"Dancing Girl" (adapted from the label of a bottle of sherry) 1982 22 3/4" x 15"


Phil Evanoff knows what he likes and he knows what he does well.  He choses his subject matter accordingly.   He has made mosaics for over 50 years for the sheer joy of it.  The result is fresh, appealing, and utterly charming mosaic art.  Bravo.

Mr. Evanoff came to our attention through an Associated Press article written by David Berman.  We highly recommend that you read the article to learn more about this very lovely man – there is much more to the story than we are telling here.   Simply click here.  Our thanks to Mr. Berman for putting us in touch with Evanoff’s son, Phil, who supplied both photographs and additional information.

Enjoy – Nancie

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  1. jen

    Yay for Mr. Evanoff! Good grief, let’s hope the rest of the mosaic world doesn’t have to wait quite so long for recognition.

    • Nancie

      Working on it, Jen!

  2. Linda Thatcher

    Love the dancing girl as well–the choice of background colors is exciting and innovative. Inspiring for me as a new (2 yrs) mosaic artist!

  3. Carolyn

    Amazing work and artist! Such expert, inspired work in every way. I’m with Lillian re the dancing girl, both the subject *and* the background. Is there any possibility that MAN could get more photos of this exhibit? I look at the pictures of the walls of mosaic and am aching to see closeups of all of them.

    • Nancie

      Sorry, Carolyn, but this exhibit has been closed for a while now and, unfortunately, Mr. Evanoff doesn’t have a website. If you click on the images in the post, though, you should get a closer look at the work here.

  4. mitch brookman

    I love your work I have found some inspiration. I love the simplicity of design

    • Nancie

      Thanks for your comment, Mitch. I’ll pass it on to Mr. Evanoff. Keep making! Nancie

  5. I am very impressed by this gentleman.I`m selfmade mosaicist who began art activity at the age of over 50ty copying some of famous mosaicists like Marin Cheek and some of my own works. Big thanks for MOSAICARTNOW for publishing so nice articles. Jerzy Hajkowski

    • Nancie

      I am very happy that you found some inspiration here, Jerzy. Keep making! Nancie

  6. deborah

    Any chance of a CD or book of all the works? I’m on slow dialup and this just isn’t downloading for me. It is al that is avaiable to me out here in the boonies that I an afford. :-( Would love to see it all…just amazing!!!

    • Nancie

      Hi Deborah, I don’t know if you’re looking for more images of Phil’s mosaics or Mosaic Art NOW the website – but no, we’re not publishing in any way shape or form right now. Bummer that you have to use dial up. Perhaps there’s a satellite somewhere in your future! Regards, Nancie

  7. Love your work. Well done!!!

  8. Phil,
    I’ve got 25 years to go to catch up with you. Will I make that 625 piece treasure trove that you have achieved? If my pieces have even a partial sense of the joy and wonder that your pieces show I will be a very proud man. You are terrific.

  9. Those of us in the 20-something range (I mean years of work) still have a long way to. This story makes it an inviting prospect. VERY sweet. And time for me to quit complaining about tired eyes and a stiff neck!

  10. Thanks for inspiring others with your art & dedication, Mr. Evanoff! Beautiful work and wonderful story. These images really brightened my day. Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations on your show!

  11. That “dancing girl” mosaic pretty much rocks my world!

  12. Beautiful, in many ways. Congratulations to Phil!

  13. Thanks for sharing this artist’s work with us. It is so encouraging to read about one individual’s quiet love of a form of artistic expression.

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