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Evan Voyles was born and raised in Austin, Texas, with much of his youth spent at his family's Lazy V Ranch in the nearby Hill Country. He is a cum laude graduate of Yale University, with a degree in Intensive English.
Trained to tear down, analyze, and rebuild literature, Voyles instead applied his talent to the unintentional poetry and iconic imagery of classic American roadside signage. His career as both signmaker and artist have been guided by this interest.
Before resettling in Texas, Voyles lived on both the East and West coasts, and has traveled extensively through every state in between. Voyles' behind-the-wheel observations of the passing landscape take the form of notes, photographs and sketches. Over time these notes etc. evolve into either signs or artworks.
Built under the aegis of his business The Neon Jungle, Most of Evan Voyles signs can be seen on the streets of Austin, Texas. independent music venues, restaurants, boutiques, theaters and advertising agencies are the core of his clientele. He also has work on display from new York to Los Angeles and from Switzerland to Japan.
Evan Voyles paintings are shown at Blackmail, a boutique gallery that he co-owns with his wife on Austin's hip South Congress shopping strip. The first two features of his most recent series of paintings have been featured in magazines and on MTV's The Real World. Earlier works have been shown in galleries in Santa Fe, Los Angeles and Austin.
Evan Voyles is also well know as a collector and dealer in vintage cowboy boots and vintage handmade signs, both of which he considers to be forms of American Folk Art. These collections have been featured in books such as the Cowboy Boot Book and it's successor Lone Star Living, and in national print media and the Discovery Channel and in Ripley's Believe it or not.
He lives in Austin - with his wife, the clothing designer and retail empress, Gail Chovan - and their twin children Credence and Zelda.
See Evan Voyles work at The Neon Jungle.