Fred Eversley

Frederick John Eversley

Frederick John Eversley is a Los Angeles-based sculptor, one of a group of artists associated with the 1960's “L.A. Light & Space“ movement. Working out of a studio in Venice Beach, his sleek creations in poured acrylic polymers, stainless steel and bronze frequently take the form of disks, parabolas, helices and lenses.

At first glance, the sculptures of Fred Eversley appear to be simple geometric forms: discs, parabolas, and triangular wedges. However, on further inspection, their subtleties and mysteries are revealed. All the three-dimensional works operate according to the optical principles of physics that determine the properties of lenses and mirrors. Even entirely solid forms appear to melt away either at the edges or through their centers.

These pieces are alluring and seductive, drawing the viewer into them by reflecting back the image of the spectator. The resulting illusion is one of personal involvement of the spectator with the work of art, as compared to the traditional distance separating the viewer from the art object.

Many of his sculptures incorporate parabolic curves that are found in a range of natural and man-made forms including suspension bridges, wind-blown sand dunes, and microwave reflectors, and Eversley is fascinated by their ability to concentrate and reflect energy into a single point.

For Fred Eversley, energy concerns, both physical and metaphysical, are central to the quality of life for all of humanity and thus are an important and fertile area for artistic investigation and activity. Most of Eversley's attention, both intellectually and aesthetically, has involved using his art forms as an expression of energy.

Fred Eversley was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941, graduated from Brooklyn Technical High school and received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). Postponing an opportunity to pursue medicine and bio-medical engineering, Eversley first came to Southern California for the exploding electronics and aerospace industry of the early 1960’s.

Intrigued by the hot bed of art and music in Los Angeles’s Venice district, he retired from his engineering career at 25 and began an exploration of “art informed by science and technology”. He soon found initial success with translucent sculpture in polished resin and became one of the mainstays of the LA’s Venice art scene. His first solo show was at New York’s Whitney Museum in 1970 which launched his international career.

Fred Eversley’s work has been featured at over 200 exhibitions at prestigious museums, galleries and art festivals worldwide. He was appointed as Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Institute in 1977, and for three years, he had a studio at the National Air and Space Museum.

His art is in the permanent collection of 35 museums (including the Whitney and Guggenheim) and he has executed 20 large public artwork commissions. Eversley was honored with the “Lorenzo di Medici” 1st prize for sculpture at the 2001 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze in Florence, Italy. 

In 2011, Fred Eversley was featured in the widely acclaimed Los Angeles art retrospective Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California that came together to celebrate the L.A. art scene and encompassed every major L.A. art movement from 1945 to 1980. Eversley’s work was included in three museum exhibitions – Crosscurrents in LA Painting and Sculpture 1950-1970 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at the Hammer Museum, and Places of Validation, Art & Progressionat the California African American Museum. Simultaneously, the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica presented the one-man show Fred Eversley: Four Decades, 1970-2010, featuring more than 30 pieces.

An accomplished chef, Eversley was one of 200 prominent artists featured in the California Artists Cookbook produced by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fred Eversley maintains studios in Venice Beach, California and Soho, New York City.