Austin artist David Everett was born and raised in Texas, and his work reflects an organic and wholly original Lone Star State ethos. His stunning vision and exquisite craftsmanship evoke nature’s essential grace and harmony in beautiful sculptures, bas-relief carvings, woodcuts, and drawings. Steve Davis, former president of the Texas Institute of Letters, writes of Everett, “David has never been one of those artists-as-marketers who relentlessly hype themselves. Instead, he has let the quality of his work speak for itself. And it does more than speak—it sings.” Everett’s creations inspire a passionate devotion among his many fans and collectors. He appears in high-profile exhibitions across Texas and the Southwest and his work is found in many public, corporate, and private collections.
An introduction by prominent novelist Stephen Harrigan sets the perfect tone for an absorbing consideration of Everett’s oeuvre in The Art of David Everett: Another World. Author and editor Becky Duval Reese, respected art curator, writer, and retired director of the El Paso Museum of Art, contributes an insightful essay on Everett and his place in Texas art, followed by an absorbing interview with curator, author, and teacher Richard Holland, both offering revealing and satisfying insights into the shaping and development of the artist’s unique viewpoint and methods.
The heart of the book is the abundant collection of breathtaking, full-color reproductions of Everett’s work. Here, the reader gains a vivid view of how Everett’s artistic instincts have been nurtured by life experiences and a maturing aesthetic rooted in tradition.