- Eamon Everall
Eamon Everall (born
October 6, 1948) is an English artist and educator. He was one of the 12 founder members of the Stuckists art group. He works across various media, but at present his work is mainly paintings, many in a "neo- cubist" style.
He was born in
Aldershot, Hampshirein an army family. He spent his childhood years in the UK, Europe and Asia, and had attended sixteen schools by the age of eighteen: the last of these were St Edmunds School, Dover, and The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, both in Kent, UK. He studied art at the now-defunct Folkestone School Of Art, and then Waltham Forest School of Art (now University of East London). He took a postgraduate course in advanced printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art, specialising in lithography , intaglio and editioning.
After college he travelled abroad, and ended up working on a Rhine river steamer, graduating from dishwasher through deckhand to helmsman. Despite a physically exhausting schedule, he achieved many drawings of river scenes.
After returning to England, Everall won an ARCUK (
Architects' Registration Council of the United Kingdom) scholarship and studied architecture at the leading Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Throughout this time he was living in east London and continuing his own studio practice. He also repaired musical instruments and was a builder's labourer, then began teaching art, in the 16+ sector, on a part-time basis. A qualified teacher, he gained a post-graduate degree (MA) in Visual Theory in 1996 and currently leads the Art and Design section at a small college in east London.
He was a founder member of the Stuckist Art Movement in 1999, and has been an exhibitor in all their main group shows since then. In 2000 he curated the Stuckist exhibition at the
Metropole Arts Centrein Folkestone.
In 2004, he was one of the fourteen "founder and featured" artists in "
The Stuckists Punk Victorian" held at the Walker Art Galleryfor the Liverpool Biennial. [http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/stuckists/ "The Stuckists Punk Victorian"] , Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool. Retrieved 6 April 2008.] In 2006, he was one of the ten "leading Stuckists" [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/core/Slideshow/slideshowContentFrameFragXL.jhtml?xml=/arts/slideshows/gowest/pixgowest.xml&site= "Go West"] , " The Daily Telegraph". Retrieved 29 March 2008.] in the Go West exhibition at Spectrum Londongallery.
The "vivid compositions" [http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/exh_gfx_en/ART13473.html] He mostly works from life and observation, although there is considerable interpretation in the end result. Some of his paintings may take several years to complete as changes are made and the composition & structurs continually revised whilst the work is in progress. He is also technically knowledgable, studying theories of "paint chemistry, technique, history of art, composition and the perceptual process. I consider such knowledge an essential part of the painter's method."
He goes on Buddhist meditation retreats, and this can inform his work: the idea for a painting "The Gift" came to him "in a flash" during one. He has refrained from talking about the meaning of the painting, as it "works on a number of different levels. I'm trying to create paintings which can be revisited time and time again, so the viewer finds a growing set of meanings and sensations." The basic subject of the painting is a woman standing behind a cluttered table of plates, fruit and books, and seen through a doorway (the painting is the shape and size of a door). There is an empty chair next to her and a guitar in between. Behind her is what appears to be a window showing a typical English residential street. The women's' hands hold a wooden tray upon which lie an assortment of papers and magazines. Different viewpoints, visual perspectives and facetted images are employed throughout the painting which is built upon a vertical pictorial geometry based on a golden section rectangle and a square.
Everall is currently working on a series of paintings portraying artists associated with Stuckism. Completed so far are portraits of Billy Childish & Charles Thomson (co-founders of Stuckism) Ella Guru and Mark D plus one of himself. All the portraits are either wholly from life or using drawings made from life, backed up with own-shot photos. The intention is to create 20+ such works in the coming year & to exhibit them at various , yet to be arranged,venues the following year. As well as producing paintings & related 2D art work , this artist also creates 3D works which range from small palm sized ceramic pieces to large outdoor stone sculpture.
Notes and references
* Ed. Katherine Evans (2000), "The Stuckists" Victoria Press, ISBN 0-907165-27-3
* Ed. Frank Milner (2004), "The Stuckists Punk Victorian" National Museums Liverpool, ISBN 1-902700-27-9
* [http://www.stuckism.com/everall/index.html Eamon Everall's paintings on the Stuckism International web site]
* [http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/stuckists/index.asp "The Stuckists Punk Victorian" on the Walker Gallery website]
* [http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist/details.php?id=566 Eamon Everall's paintings on Saatchi Your Gallery]
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