Everett Spruill About
Born in Birmingham, Ala., Everett Spruill's exposure to museums and classical music at an early age would prove to have a great influence on Spruill's artistic development. A self-taught artist, Spruill graduated in 1976 from Berea College in Kentucky where he studied business management. Spruill is most known for his early collages and works on paper, including his "Old School Jazz and Blues Series," which features colorful mixed-media collages of the fathers and legends of jazz, America's unique art form.
For more than 30 years, Spruill has collected and created works of art. The artist is considered one of central Florida's biggest influences on African-American art. He designed and created art for two of Walt Disney World's Black Heritage Celebrations and currently conducts art workshops for central Florida youth through the Spruill Foundation for the Arts.
"As a self-taught artist, my style and techniques are the result of extensive experimentation. I always focus on the importance of drawing, composition and balance, coupled with my own sense of color and design. "Most of my creations begin with my own photographs and/or several thumbnail sketches. I try to create a dialogue with the viewers of my work by using my own mixed media visual language with bold colors and rich surface textures. My images are also enhanced with patterns and handwritten social commentary to further communicate with the viewer. My goal is to create images that are ethereal, thought-provoking and spiritual___"
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