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Cherrill Everley works in a wide variety of styles, ranging from traditional life studies to modern and post modern abstracts. Although she has often adopted realism in order to produce landscapes, portraits and life studies, her more recent work tends toward abstracts and semi abstract work, with the beauty of the local area influencing much of her painting. Cherrill has lived and worked in the Swansea area all of her life and many of her paintings reflect the city's rich industrial past. One of her most recent works Stacks, for example, conveys the impression of the industrial landmarks she remembers from her childhood. It was selected for the Swansea Open exhibition at the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery in 2003.

  Of Stacks she says: "I made Stacks in April 2003, but my preparatory work began more than 50 years ago. Christine and I would slide down the sides of Uncle Bob's curved corrugated sheet shed burning the backs of our legs on the sun warmed metal. Running with Cousin Pat across the viaduct, trying to reach the other side before the black smoke from the train engulfed us. Watching the sunlight bring out so many different tonal values in the pole stone brick of Auntie Vida's pine-end. Looking up at the bleak fašade of Swansea Vale where Daddy worked and believing it roofless because I was too little to see the top. My joy as the coach approached the Guildhall taking me to the hospital ball and my staunch belief that it was built from "white cement"! Watching from an upstairs bus window as the rain drenched the old Hafod works and oil danced in puddles at its base. Mammy pointing out the chapel she sang in as a child and the end-of-terrace she grew up in. All in the fabric of Stacks".
Much of her work is drawn from memories of her childhood. Of Pilgrimage she says: "It comes from the same source as Stacks - my childhood. I have tried to describe the mountains that my mother would take me to. I loved the way the sun-baked surface of the patchy grass seemed to shimmer as the breeze blew gently through it. Rocks or people? People or rocks? I was always fascinated by rocks and standing stones. I like the idea of each changing to the other and the austere black worn by Victorian church/chapel goers seemed an ideal choice".  

 

View Cherrill's work on Saatchi Art Online.