Starting by walking into Firstsite and ‘confronting’ Essex Man by Michael Landy, EVEWRIGHT proceeded to pour white rum onto the gallery floor whilst recalling family members and others who have passed away.


Circling the feet of Essex Man, EVEWRIGHT poured, splashed and painted black and gold paint with increasing ferocity, creating a maelstrom of brushstrokes. At times the action was vigorous enough to dislodge seeds and strands from the handmade brushes EVEWRIGHT used to create the drawing.

The work stretches from the front of the Firstsite’s cavernous foyer area, all the way through the building to the café bar area at the rear.


The brushstrokes, meander abstractly across the floor, exploring and examining the contours of the building. The black paint symbolise his experiences as a Black artist living and working in Britain.


The gold paint refers to hopes, dreams and aspirations of those who have travelled here to seek a future. The black paint gives way to an intense gold section at the entrance to the main exhibition spaces where more of EVEWRIGHT’s work is on display.

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