Liam Everett


ink, oil, and sand on linen
36 x 25 inches

Liam Everett’s abstract mixed-media painting and sculpture result from a process of steadfast and repetitious application and erasure, employing non-traditional methods to apply—and caustic substances to remove—painstakingly developed layers of paint and composition. Inspired by the dynamic alchemy of the natural environment in California, this method makes plain the interactive properties of the substances on the canvas—how they counteract, preserve, or react to one another. In this way, Everett’s investigative procedure, laser-focused on the subtle behavior of his materials, becomes akin to the scientific assaying of chemical and mineral substances in order to determine purity or the limits of stability. Born in 1973 in Rochester, New York, Liam Everett lives and works in Northern California. His work has been included in exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Biennale of Painting, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco. Everett is the recipient of the SECA Art Award at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the San Francisco Artadia Award. Everett’s work is included in significant international public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Dallas Museum of Art; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France; Fondation Carmignac, Paris; Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway, and U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives.

[excerpted from Kasmin Gallery website:]