PHOTOGRAPHY BY EVERETT SPRUILL........the alternatiive to ordinary
Everett Spruill is an award winning artist currently living in Orlando, Florida. In addition to commissioned paintings for luxury homes, Everett creates art for commercial architects, interior designers, contractors and Hotels. ES/FA also sells affordable limited and open edition reproductions on paper and canvas. Everetts Art and Photography can be shipped anywhere nationwide.
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Everett Spruill is one of Central Florida's biggest influences on African American Art. His work has been exhibited and sold at Walt Disney World, Jazz Festivals and Disneys' annual Food and Wine Festivals. For more than 25 years Everett, a self-taught artist, has been involved in collecting and creating. He currently conducts art workshops for central Florida youth and is former owner of The Ethnic Art Gallery, Orlando,FL. Everett graduated from Berea College in 1976 where he studied Business Management. After 10 years as a hotel and restaurant manager Everett began his career as an artist.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Everett has lived in Central Florida since 1986. Everett advocates the necessity of arts education and recreation to enrich our lives. He also recognizes the benefits of the arts as a means to help youth become well-rounded and constructive individuals.
Everett, a painter and photographer is very passionate about contributing to the betterment of society by documenting our existence with images that also beautify and enhance our lives. Children, Butterflys and beautiful women are just some of the visions that inspire Everett to capture the essence of our existence. The trademark of Everetts' photos is exposing the connection and the beauty within all things. Everett is inspired to capture the essence of life through photos that embody spiritual symbols of love and our connection to creation. Everetts' work is in private and corporate collections worldwide including, but not limited to, The University of Central Florida, Lucent Technologies, Central Florida YMCA, The National Association of Black Journalist, Orange County Public Schools, and Walt Disney World Resorts including Epcot Center and the Pleasure Island Jazz Club at Downtown Disney.
As a self-taught artist my techniques are the result of extensive experimentation ans also from studying works of great contemporary masters. I always focus on drawing, composition, tone and mixing colors in each creation. Coupled with my own sense of color and design I developed my own distinctive style.
Most of my creations begin with photographs or thumbnail sketches. Harmony and contrast are also important qualities I want in my work and it becomes even more important in the works I call “Intuitive Creation” (Mindscapes, Tribal Rhythms and Middle Passages Series) these images are created 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 consist of 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 randomly 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 into each other, and partially covering and connecting the glued images and paper into a harmonious unit. To create a textural effect, clear acrylic gel is applied by knife and scraped into patterns. I then Airbrush through several hand cut stencils to apply opaque symbols and designs that unite the composition. Accents and highlights are added with splattered and dripped acrylic paint. These steps are not always followed in this order, and some may not include all the elements mentioned.
My representational images (Jazz and Blues and Family series) include combinations of the same techniques, materials and processes mentioned previously, however, the central figure begins with a drawing, usually from photos. Paper, fabric or photos are cut to form the various sections of the image and or background. Some are a combination of paint, paper and fabric.
I work on archival acid-free mat boards, watercolor paper, and canvas. Hardwood panels are sometimes used for smaller images and 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, therefore every effort is taken to best preserve and protect the work by using archival paints (non-toxic) and substrates free of materials that shorten the life of the work. Upon completion, each work is protected front and back first with a mat varnish and finally with a gloss acrylic varnish.
Agora Gallery Contemporary fine art gallery established 1984 and located in the New York Chelsea art district. Art consulting services to private and corporate art collectors. The public is invited to the gallery art openings receptions. Artist portfolios are reviewed. The sponsor of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.