Permanent Collection (2017/2018)
Everett Spruill, an Alabama-born self-taught artist, has been creating works of art for 30 years. As a youth, Everett spent many afternoons at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The museum and his early exposure to classical music would prove to have a great influence on his artistic development. The Museum was his refuge and fueled his love for art. He currently conducts art workshops for Central Florida youth through his non-profit foundation and is former owner of The Ethnic Art Gallery, Orlando, Florida.
He creates a dialogue with the viewers of his ethnically inspired images using his own mixed media visual language. Spruill communicates his unique artistic language through the use of intense color and rich surface textures. The image is further enhanced with African inspired patterns, and hand written social commentary to further communicate with the viewer. Paint, photos, various types of hand-made paper, layers of glazes, watercolor, pen and ink, pastel and charcoal, to name a few, are Everett's tools for conversing with the viewer. Extensive use of spray painted-hand cut stencils, African textiles, shells, found objects and Adinkra symbols further enhance his visual language. These elements transform the pictorial image into a work of art that has true meaning and transforms the canvas into a rich opulent surface that invites the viewer to take a closer look.
Spruill, also an innovative print-maker, transforms his original mixed media collages into unique original graphics using a process he invented using elements of serigraphs and graffiti. Themes for his creations include West African culture and his own experiences as an African-American.
EVERETT'S EXHIBITED WORKS
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