7927 Village Green Road
Orlando, Florida 32818-8952
Everett Spruill was born in Birmingham, Alabama January 30, 1954. After graduating High School at George Washington Carver, in Birmingham, Everett was accepted at Berea College in Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Business Management. As a youth Everett spent many afternoons and evenings 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. "Mom worked at Gaston’s Lounge in the afternoon, I’d wait for her at the Museum until she got off …the Museum was my refuge and fueled my love for art. I really enjoy working with my hands, mechanical drawings and wood working projects were part of our “Industrial Education at Hudson Elementary during the 60’s. I also had an ear for music so mom insisted I have voice and piano lessons".
For more than 35 years Everett, a self-taught artist, has been involved in collecting and creating works of art. Former owner of the Ethnic Art Gallery Orlando, FL, Everett currently conducts art workshops for Central Florida youth through The Spruill Foundation a non-profit organization formed to preserve African American Art and Culture. Everett advocates the necessity of art to enrich our lives and firmly believes the arts help us all become well-rounded and compassionate individuals. Everett is most known for his early collages and works on paper, notably, the "Old School Jazz and Blues Series", which feature colorful images of the fathers and legends of our own American art form known as 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’s art 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.
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 hand cut stencils, African textiles, shells, found objects and symbols further enhance his visual language.
These elements transform the pictorial image into a work of art that has true meaning while transforming the canvas into a rich opulent surface that invites the viewer to take a closer look.
Spruill, also an innovative printmaker, transforms his original mixed media collages into unique original graphics. The results are evident to the viewer, as he adeptly creates images using a process he invented using elements of serigraphy.
Everett accepts both public and private commissions and his work is in corporate and private collections worldwide.
"My creations have been categorized as Contemporary / Abstract Mixed Media. I have three styles and use a variety of found objects, including, but not limited to, shells, magazine pages, tissue, postage stamps, various 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, and most of all “Family”.
As a self-taught artist my techniques are the result of extensive experimentation but mostly from studying works of great contemporary masters.
"Most of my creations begin with photographs or several thumbnail sketches. Harmony and contrast are important qualities that 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) because these images are created mainly by letting go of conscience thoughts and relying more on instinct. Since 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 consists 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 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 adhered images into a harmonious unit." "To create textural effects, clear acrylic gel is applied by knife and scored or scraped into patterns. I then Airbrush through several hand cut stencils to apply opaque symbols and designs that will 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 and are assembled together like a puzzle." "I work only 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 are a major concern, 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. Each work is protected front and back first with mat varnish and finally with a gloss acrylic varnish.
Everett Spruill Fine Art
Description: Full service residential and commercial artist/consultant. Creating customized art and frames for Architects, Hotels and Interior Designers. Buyer for Corporate and Private Art collectors.
In House Services:
Fine Art Leasing; Photography; Fundraising Assistance; +Public and Private Art Commissions; Exhibitions; Graphic Design; Licensing; Illustrations and Murals.
Studio: By Appointment only
7927 Village Green Road
Orlando, Florida 32818-8952
(407) 292-3183 or (407)-754-6133
Years in Operation:
Established in 1989
Formerly The Ethnic Art Gallery
Active and Previous Clients:
Orange County Schools, Florida -
City of Orlando – Parks & Family Services
Orlando Housing Authority, Florida
Orange County Corrections, Florida -
RDV Sports / Orlando Magic / Amway Collection
Lucent Technologies, Orlando, Fl.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
City of New Smyrna Beach-Dept. of Recreation
Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
Walt Disney World Resorts
Florida League of Cities, Orlando
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fl.
Black Family Today Magazine, Orlando, FL.
Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences
Central Florida YMCA -
Lockheed- Martin Corporation
Select Exhibition & Publications:
- Juried Exhibition- 1992 Zora Hurston Museum of Art, Eatonville, Fl
- Publication- 1999 - Featured Artist-Channel 21- The State of Black Art” - Featured Artist.
- Publication- October 1999 Issue, Black Family Today Magazine - Featured Artist.
- Exhibition - 1998 National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Ga.
- Juried Exhibition- 1997 Osceola Center for the Arts, Kissimmee, Fl.
- Curator - 1995 Orlando Museum of Art - Art After Dark”An Exploration of Ethnic Art".
- Juried Exhibition- 1994 Osceola Center for the Arts, Kissimmee, Fl.
- Juried Exhibition- 1993 Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Bch, Fl.
- Publication- Dec.2000 - Jan.2001 Music Issue - O! Arts Magazine "Cover Illustration"- O-Town Jazz.
- Exhibition – 2002 - Epcot Annual Food & Wine Festival- Walt Disney World, Florida
- Exhibition- 2003 - Epcot Black Heritage Celebration- Walt Disney World, Florida
- Exhibition- 2003 - Wells’ Built Museum of African American History & Culture, “The Inventors of Jazz” Orlando, Florida
- Exhibition - 2005 Orlando City Hall - “Journey through Obstacles".
- Juried Exhibition - 2005 Celebration Spring Art Festival, Celebration, FL
- Juried Exhibition - 2005 Maitland Art Festival, Maitland, FL
- Juried Exhibition - 2006 Sunfest Fine Art Festival, West Palm Beach, FL
- Exhibition - 2006 Casselberry City Hall, "Artists of African Descent" Casselberry, FL
- Exhibition – Jan. 2007 – Orlando City Hall Terrace Gallery, “ The African American Perspective”.
- Exhibition / Curator – Mar. 2007 – “Aspirations of the Human Spirit” – Group Show - City Arts Factory Community Gallery, Orlando, FL
- One Man Show – June 2007 – The Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, FL
- Publication – Jan. 2008 – Featured Artist: Art Business News Magazine “Trendsetters”
- Exhibition / Curator – September 2008 – Osceola Center for the Arts – Cultural Legacies: Juxtapositions of Time and Wealth. – Kissimmee, Florida
- Juried Exhibition – April 2011 – Savannah Art Festival – Savannah, GA.
- Juried Exhibition – January 2013 – Romare Bearden & Friends - Orlando, FL
- Exhibition – February 2013 – African American Museum of the Arts – Deland, FL
Public Art Experience:
- Commission - 1993 City of New Smyrna Beach- Babe James Center.
- Commission - 1993 Mural - Orlando Fights Back -
- Commission - 1997 Walt Disney Worlds Black History Commemorative
- Commission - 1998 Walt Disney Worlds Black Heritage
- Commission - 1998 University of Central Florida – Diversity Project
- Commission - 1997 Disney’s Pleasure Island Jazz Festival
- Commission - 1996 Orlando Housing Authority/Mural
- Commission - 2002 Central Florida YMCA, Orlando, FL
- Commission - 2001 YMCA 150th Anniversary - Miami-Dade County, Florida
- Commission - 2006 City of Casselberry Jazz and Art Festival
- Commission – 2010 City of Orlando / Amway Center Collection – Orlando, FL
- Commission – 2011 Florida League of Cities – Orlando, FL
- Commission – 2012 City of Orlando / All Star Weekend Public Art – Orlando, FL
- Commission – 2014 Media Institute, Free Speech Week – Wash., DC
- Commission – 2015 – CSX – Sunrail Public Art Project – Orlando, FL