My work has been categorized as Contemporary / Abstract Mixed Media Collages. I have three styles and use a wide variety of found objects, including, but not limited to, shells, magazine pages, tissue, postage stamps, various non toxic paint mediums, photographs, cut and torn hand-painted paper, air-brushed hand-cut silk-screens, drawings, and computer manipulated images. Central themes for my creations are centered on Music (Jazz and Blues), African Cultures and the African-American Experience, most of all “Family”. As a self-taught artist my techniques are the result and combination of extensive experimentation and studying works of contemporary masters. I focus on the importance of drawing, composition and balance coupled with my own sense of color and design. Most of my creations begin with photographs or thumbnail sketches. Harmony and contrast are important qualities I want in my work and it’s even more important in the works I call “Intuitive Creation” (Mindscapes, Tribal Rhythms and Middle Passages Series) because these images are created mainly by letting go of conscience thoughts and relying more on instinct. Because the steps are intuitive and emotional rather than cognitive, many times the exact processes are forgotten, the end result is therefore difficult to repeat. Nevertheless, I’m satisfied with a completed work when it encompasses the all important variables of line, shape, color, texture, repetition, and balance. The creative processes for my “Intuitive Creations” follow a number of steps. I use gloss varnish to adhere drawings, photos, postage stamps or torn and cut paper to the substrate. Transparent tissue is applied partially covering and connecting the first images. Using a wet-on-wet technique, watercolor and acrylic washes and lines (mostly primary colors) are applied, allowing colors to run, and partially covering and connecting the images and paper into a harmonious unit. To create textural effects, acrylic gel is applied by knife and or scored or scraped into patterns. I airbrush through several hand cut templates to apply symbols and designs that unite the composition. Accents and highlights are added with splattered and dripped paint. My representational images (Jazz and Blues and Family series) include combinations of the same techniques, however, the central figure begins with a drawing, usually from photos. Paper, fabric or photos are cut and adhered to form various sections of the image and or background. I work only on archival acid-free boards, paper, and canvas. Hardwood panels are sometimes used, however, they are triple primed and sealed with stain resistant varnish to prevent yellowing from the acids in the wood. Permanence and longevity of each work are a major concern. I only use archival (non-toxic) paint and substrates free of materials that shorten the life of the work. Each work is protected front and back with mat varnish and finally with gloss acrylic varnish.
Biography: Everett Spruill is a familiar name for collectors of Traditional, Contemporary and Abstract Art. His work has been exhibited and sold at Epcot’s “World Showcase” at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Everett also designed and created art for Disneys’ first and second Black Heritage Celebrations. For more than 20 years Everett, a self-taught artist, has been involved in collecting and creating works of art. He currently conducts art workshops for Central Florida youth and is former owner of The Ethnic Art Gallery, Orlando, Florida. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Everett graduated from Berea College in 1976 where he studied Business Management. Everett advocates the necessity of art to enrich our lives and firmly believes the arts help us all become well -rounded and constructive individuals. Everett is most known for his early collages and works on paper, notably, his "Old School Jazz and Blues Series", which feature colorful images of the fathers and legends of our own American art form….Jazz. After graduating from Berea College and working as a Hotel Manager until 1989, Everett began his career as a full time professional artist. Everett is influenced by American Artists Arthur Rayford, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence Elizabeth Catlett, Charles White and Frank Stella to name a few. As a mid career artist Everett explores his personal world of contemporary aesthetics and culture. He creates a dialogue with the viewers of his ethnically inspired images using his own mixed media visual language. Spruill creates images in bold colors, using a variety of mediums. His images are ethereal, thought provoking and spiritual as they illustrate his Afro-centric visions. 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.
Country: United States
Site: Everett Spruill Fine Art
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