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Everett Spruill
Orlando, FL

About the Artist

Everett Spruill b. 1954 Birmingham, AL. – American painter, photographer, and printmaker. Spruill graduated from Berea College, (class of 76) where he earned a degree in Business Management. Born in a creative household where classical music and piano lessons were the norm, Everett was drawing and painting at a very early age. Spending lots of afternoons in the Birmingham Museum of art drawing the African artifacts fueled his fascination with all things African and helped to shape the direction of all his future creations. It was during this time that he painted loose watercolors of landsc…

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About the Artist

Everett Spruill b. 1954 Birmingham, AL. – American painter, photographer, and printmaker. Spruill graduated from Berea College, (class of 76) where he earned a degree in Business Management. Born in a creative household where classical music and piano lessons were the norm, Everett was drawing and painting at a very early age. Spending lots of afternoons in the Birmingham Museum of art drawing the African artifacts fueled his fascination with all things African and helped to shape the direction of all his future creations. It was during this time that he painted loose watercolors of landscapes and portraits in the tradition of the French Impressionist, but didn't seriously entertain the idea of a career in the arts. While managing a Hotel in Miami, and with frequent visits to the Miami Museum, a Picasso exhibition changed his mind as he was inspired by the simplicity and the grandeur of the work and the geometric patterns that formed the images, not to mention the African influence in Picasso's work. After relocating to Orlando, Spruill took up painting seriously in 1988. Known as The Old School Jazz and Blues series Everett created collages out of magazine cut-outs in the spirit of Romare Bearden. From that time on Spruill consistently created works using an increasingly complex variation of recycled and repurposed materials focusing on Jazz as a central theme. His first radical shift came in 1995, when he combined the principals of serigraphy and graffiti techniques, using spray paint with hand-cut stencils. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, Spruill created a large body of work that responded in a general way to his love of stained glass. During this time, the increasing mixture of recycled materials gave way to full three-dimensionality, with sculptural forms derived from discarded electronic parts and wire. Postage Stamps, seashells, and fabric are used to create decorative architectural elements.

Artist’s Work

Rastamon
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Rastamon

By Everett Spruill

Road to the market
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Road to the Market

By Everett Spruill

In a sentimental mood
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In a Sentimental Mood

By Everett Spruill

Legends of jazz
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Legends of Jazz

By Everett Spruill

The matriarch 2
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The Matriarch #2

By Everett Spruill

Wine and flowers for two 1
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Wine and Flowers for Two #1

By Everett Spruill

White orchids
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White Orchids

By Everett Spruill

Mountain landscape 1
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Mountain Landscape #1

By Everett Spruill

Miss nina simone
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Miss nina Simone

By Everett Spruill

Time love and tenderness
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Time, Love and Tenderness

By Everett Spruill

Astro bassist
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Astro Bassist

By Everett Spruill

Arch dtriumph
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Arch d'Triumph

By Everett Spruill

Freedom of speech 12
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Freedom of Speech #12

By Everett Spruill

Galactic guitarist
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Galactic Guitarist

By Everett Spruill

Ella fitzgerald 2
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Ella Fitzgerald

By Everett Spruill

Three leopards
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Three Leopards

By Everett Spruill

Still life with orchids and african mask
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Still Life with Orchids and African Mask

By Everett Spruill

Still life with mask floral and seashell
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Still Life with Mask, Floral and Seashell

By Everett Spruill

The struggle for justice and cultural evolution
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The Struggle for Justice and Cultural Evolution

By Everett Spruill

Trumpet man 2
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Trumpet Man

By Everett Spruill

Still life with wine orchids and african mask
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Still Life with Wine, Orchids and African Mask

By Everett Spruill

Selected Exhibitions

  • Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts
    Winter Park Florida, 2019
  • Polk State College
    Winter Haven Florida, 2017
  • O'Keefe Center for Creative Education
    West Palm Beach Florida , 2016
  • Manatee Arts Center
    Bradenton Florida, 2015
  • African American Museum of Art
    Deland, Florida, 2014

Press and Accolades

  • Haven Magazine
    March 2017
  • Orlando Arts Magazine
    June 2013
  • Orlando Arts Magazine
    December 2010

Education

  • Berea College, BS Business Management
    Berea Kentucky,1976