Lot 60 - Ian Everard - Vanishing Point Three
Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
I was born in St. Ives, Cornwall, in 1953. I have lived in Santa Cruz, California, since 1980. Influenced by Minimalism in my youth, I treat Minimalism now as a lapsed Catholic might the Church. So, I find myself still, absurdly perhaps, attempting to pare painting down to its essentials. However, unlike the Minimalists, my focus is, irreverently, on representation. I paint things I have found or inherited, such as books, pamphlets, photos or, in fact, post cards. These things are often mass-market, sexy, romantic, sensational, mysterious or deeply personal. They have been around for a while, show signs of wear and tear and, for me, there is always more to them than meets the eye. They are products of swift manufacture and mass production, but I work many hours to faithfully copy them, right down to each accident, crease, smudge or tear. The paintings are not always finished but I consider them complete. When complete, I almost always juxtapose the thing and the painting of the thing, within the frame - but not always. If not, as with these postcard pieces, it can be assumed that I took a long time making a good copy, and that the exception, absent the original, proves the rule.
B.A. Painting, Stourbridge College of Art; Graduate Certificate, Science Communication/illustration, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.F.A., San Francisco State University, California.
I have exhibited my work extensively, in museums, commercial galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Museums include the de Young Museum, San Francisco, the Crocker Museum, Sacramento, the Riverside Museum, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz. Commercial galleries include the Jack Fischer and Andrea Schwartz Galleries, in San Francisco, Senior and Shopmaker, in New York, Couturier, Grey McGear Modern and Sherry Frumkin Galleries, in Los Angeles, and Mirage Gallery in Tokyo. COLLECTIONS INCLUDE:
The Lawrence B. Benenson Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut. University of California Santa Cruz Special Collections, The Achenbach Collection at the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, California. The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California. The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, The Farhat Museum Collection, California.
AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS / FELLOWSHIPS:
2012, Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. 2007, The Murphy Fellowship. 2004, The George Sugerman Foundation Award.
Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
For the Art on a Postcard auction, in 2021, I submitted art of a postcard (well, art of two postcards, actually). The watercolour paintings were of found and inherited postcards of places I have lived. One, entitled Vanishing Point II, shows the house of my birth on The Warren, in St. Ives; the other, Correct Perspective I, a man leaning at an impossible angle at the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, California, where I live. I inherited the postcard of The Warren from my parents. My Grandmother sent it from St. Ives to my parents, in Dundee, on August 10th, 1948. I found the Mystery Spot postcard. It was never sent to anyone. The painting of the Mystery Spot was acquired from the auction by a mystery person in Portland, Oregon. On February 28, 2022, a mystery person in Portland, Oregon, sent me an altered leaning man Mystery Spot postcard. The leaning man had been cut out and replaced by a cosmic pattern figure. “I made a watercolour copy without the cosmic pattern figure (Correct Perspective Three), and then another watercolour copy of The Warren postcard (Vanishing Point Three), with the cut out cosmic figure in flight toward the house where my grandmother wrote the words “Never had the time to write but will soon…"
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