About the Artist

Artist Everett Mayo

The work shown on this website from most recent to earlier is more or less abstract emphasizing pattern in one way or another. From medieval Irish interlacement and handwritten text to ornamental cast iron, it is the subversive and playful intricacies of pattern that have inspired much of my work. Technically, if there is a difficult way to approach painting, I will find it. Why I gravitate to labor-intensive process I’m not sure but have been doing things that way for almost as long as I’ve been painting….maybe it is a way of marking time…my friend Joey said watching me work was like watching his mother knit.

I’ve been a painter for well over a half century; this is sort of a boast it is true, and it means that I’ve been lucky, worked hard, and that I still have enough ideas to lure me into the studio. I will paint in watercolor but favor working in oil paint. Learning to paint I had a few wonderful teachers and three to four valuable lessons. Without explanation Paul Resika said paint the sky fat and put shadow where you want; also cryptic, Nick Marsicano said if we can get into a picture, we need a way out. The hardest lesson and why I don’t splash and throw paint is something Ad Reinhardt said, he said, “Life is on the move, art should be still.” I wonder if what I do would have pleased him.

I first knew I was a painter in 1966 when I made a series of elaborate narratives of street life under the Myrtle Avenue El in Brooklyn; that train is long gone and I’m not sure who bought the paintings…they were that good. Sort of growing up in public like most artists I admit that I have enjoyed sporadic success. l can tell you it doesn’t last; it comes and goes and it is hard won. Early in my career I made enough money from a commissioned mural to go paint in England and Italy…a few years later there was another mural and another trip abroad. Living in Italy for a while underscored the metaphysic of what Ad Reinhardt had said. Italy is a wonderfully vital place in a vault of petrified time.

There are collectors who own my paintings and collections where they can be found ….and until 2015 most were ascribed Everett Mayo Adelman…I dropped my stepfather’s surname that year, the year he died, and since then I credit my work with my original family name, Mayo.

Without delusion, I know I am too doggone old to become a blue chip painter in my lifetime and I have priced this inventory accordingly. Please look at the payment and shipping options above. I appreciate your interest and any comments you would like to share.