David Everett1950 -
Born: 1950, Beaumont, Texas
David Everett was born, raised, and still lives in East Texas, and this fact is important in the consideration of the sculptor's work. Preferring to employ the reductive technique of carving in the wood medium, Everett often creates "stacks" of animals based on his childhood animal observations near his family's home in remote Smith Point, Texas. He recalls seeing animals stacked atop other animals in the wild, such as a white heron riding on a cow’s back. He says, "I take that element of the animals stacked on top of each other and push it to a surreal level; I hope in a fairly quiet and understated way."
His work, Pantheon, from 2002, was a commission granted by the National Museum of Wildlife Art while Everett was Artist-in-Residence in 2001, and provides a good example of his sculptural style. The work includes five stacked creatures native to the Rocky Mountains and features the Wyoming Horned Toad, which is a personal icon of sorts for Everett. The title refers to Everett's belief that animals are the gods of their own world.
The Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist-in-Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in 2005, Everett has also completed commissions for the Oak Hill Library in Austin, Texas and the Oceanic Conservation Organization. His work has been featured in galleries throughout Texas and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.