Scenic artist Evans Webb, a longtime board member of the Art Directors Guild (ADG, Local 800), died on March 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
Webb was a Scenic, Title and Graphic Trustee at the ADG and chairman of the guild’s Comic-Con committee.
Webb grew up in Delaware and Philadelphia. He moved to Los Angeles from New York in the 1970s and became a paint boss at Paramount Pictures for 14 years. Webb worked on shows including the comedies “Taxi” and “Cheers” and the classic documentary series “Cosmos” and restored the set of “All in the Family” for the Smithsonian.
Webb began his career touring with the Suzari Marionettes, creating the sets and puppets as well as working as a puppeteer. He moved to New York City, becoming an art director on Madison Avenue. But preferring the hands-on feel of paint, he built a frame shop and established a career in fine art, with his paintings displayed at the Washington Irving Gallery and others in NYC.
His first union job was with the New York City Opera, his last with the Los Angeles Opera.
After Webb retired he taught set painting at the union-sponsored center “CPR” to train inner city youth in the trades. He also took on specialized projects such as creating and painting the Dragon Odiko (the largest drum in the west) for San Francisco Taiko Dojo.
Webb also resumed his fine art career. His painting “Acid Rain” was juried into the “All California” Show at the San Diego Museum of Fine Art in 2000. His works exploring and illustrating the ideas and theories of science are in collections around the world and are on display at Gallery 800 through March.
A memorial was held at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood on Sunday March 9.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and a brother.