• Purple Cathedral

Fred Eversley was born in 1941 in New York, USA. When he launched his career in the late 1960’s, he differed from the Minimalists that were so influential at the time - he was less interested in committing himself to the simplicity of form. Instead, he emphasized the energy fluctuations of physics and metaphysics as well as the representation of interactive properties. Eversley sought to express his concerns about energy, and the possibility of transforming solar energy into electrical power impelled him into an exploration of the parabola and parabolic shapes as energy trapping structures. He aimed to combine the inherent beauty and unique physical properties of a material object with the concept of mathematical purity and also encourage the participatory role of the spectator, in turn creating live kinetic sculptures.


Whether the medium is cast polyester, stainless steel, acrylic or bronze, Eversley’s scientific and aesthetic understanding of form continues to prevail, as does his desire to encapsulate parabolic structures and represent of a formal manifestation of the principles of energy and kinetics.


In 1977, Eversley became the first artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. He has also been awarded several prestigious international commissions for site-specific installations. His art is in the permanent collection of 35 museums (including the Whitney and Guggenheim) and he has executed 20 large-scale 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, his work was featured in three museum exhibitions – at the Hammer Museum, the California African American Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum.