Skinner appoints Michael R. Evans as Director of Tribal Arts – Brings global experience to Boston auction house

BOSTON, MA (November 20, 2017) – Michael Evans joins Skinner as the new Director of Tribal Arts. He brings global experience of many kinds to one of the most international of Skinner’s specialty departments, which offers a rich variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.

Evans was born and raised in New Zealand, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies with a concentration in art history. Subsequently, he has lived and worked in Europe and the United States and is now settled in a newly built home in Massachusetts, where he lives with his family.

Michael R. Evans

Skinner appoints Michael R. Evans director of Tribal Arts

As a private dealer in fine art, Evans has worked extensively with clients, dealers, and curators across the United States, Europe, and Australasia. His interest in tribal and ethnic art increased after moving to America. In 2005 he began specializing in ethnographic art and artifacts, with an emphasis on Oceanic and Inuit material. He has written several catalogs on his areas of concentration and has exhibited regularly at major tribal art fairs in the United States and Europe.

Evans also has a special focus on early photography of native peoples, especially 19th-century images of inhabitants of the South Pacific. This subset of the growing interest in collecting photographs started as a sideline when Evans was based in Europe. England was an especially rich source of material, and he continues to concentrate on this nascent area.

As with other areas of antiques and collectibles, there are trends and crosscurrents in the international market for tribal art and artifacts. Evans notes that the last six to ten years have seen increasing interest, particularly strong in Europe, in Inuit material. A recent contender for collector attention has been Polynesian war clubs. And, as in every specialty, the best of the best and the rarest of the rare is and will continue to be eagerly sought out.

Skinner has a notable record of success in the field of tribal art. Over the years, important collections and individual pieces have been consigned, and strong results have been achieved. The auction house is confident that under Evans’s leadership, this distinguished performance will continue.

Skinner holds and auction of American Indian & Ethnographic Art on December 2. View the catalog online at  or contact Michael Evans for consignment of art and objects of the American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures

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2 thoughts on “Skinner appoints Michael R. Evans as Director of Tribal Arts – Brings global experience to Boston auction house

  1. Hi,

    I am a collector of Native American art and a client of years since a few years, but a fan for many years, especially of Douglas Deihl’s expertise. Did I miss the information that Douglas Deihl is not at Skinners anymore? Was not able to find a news item on this. I would appreciate to hear about this.

    • Hello Albert,
      Thank you so much about the kind words to us about both the Department and about Douglas Deihl. Doug recently made the decision to retire from Skinner and we all miss him very much but wish him the best in his new endeavors. Michael Evans worked with Doug for a few months and will continue to fill Doug’s moccasins with his first auction on May 5th.
      When we next see Doug, we will be sure to send him your regards! Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help.
      Thank you!

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