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2009 to Present Day

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29th April 2013

Elm St Theatre performance in Woodstock, GA with USA  actor Kurt Sutton

Adding to his repertoire – Pleased to announce that while in the USA, Evert will be appearing at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village Theatre in Woodstock, Georgia, in a single performance – one night only. Joining Evert on stage will be acclaimed actor Kurt Sutton who will be delivering monologues from his celebrated theatre production of “A Night with Mark Twain”, whilst having his portrait painted live.

Monday 29th April 2013. Don’t miss this incredibly unique performance !!
For tickets and further information Click Here.

This event would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the vision of fellow artist Kristina Laurendi Havens. Thank you Kristina for your time and generosity. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Elm St Theatre, Blicks Fine Art supplies and the incredible Kurt Sutton.

March 2013

The Three Graces – A Portrait of the Schofield Sisters

Evert has completed a major work,  inspired by the timeless image of ancient Roman
and Greek Mythology -‘The Three Graces”.  Represented over centuries by painters and sculptors including Rubens, The Three Graces were known as the goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity.

Evert’s Three Graces herald from a family where these attributes abound. Twins Emma and Tess and sister Nell Schofield are the daughters of cultural icon Leo Schofield and antiques doyenne Anne Schofield; a family of charm, beauty and creativity incarnate! Evert’s triple portrait is entitled “The Three Graces – A Portrait of the Schofield Sisters.”

Emma Schofield is internationally known as one of Australia’s most well respected 1st Assistant Film Directors.  She has worked alongside such luminaries as Phil Noyce, Anthony Minghella and Wim Wenders.

Nell Schofield starred in the original feature film Puberty Blues, co-wrote the play Strictly Ballroom and over the years has been an arts & film reporter for the CNN, ABC, Showtime, The Australian, The Bulletin and Vogue just to name a few.

Tess Schofield is one of Australia’s most highly awarded opera, theatre and film Costume Designers. She has won four AFI Awards for Best Costume Design and has been nominated for, and won Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Critics Awards.  Most recently Tess won the 2013 AACTA Award For Best Costume Design for her work on the film “The Sapphires” which premiered at Cannes to a standing ovation and is set for international release in 2013.

This incredibly impressive portrait measures 213cm x 167cm (7 x 5 ½ ft) and is painted with a classic neutral palette.

January 2013

Appointed PSA Faculty Member at Atlanta Conference 2013

Evert is very honoured to be on the distinguished faculty for the giant 15th anniversary Portrait Society of America Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on April 25 -28 at the Grand Hyatt.

He will have a full program including participation in the Thursday evening ‘Face-Off’ demonstration, with a stellar line up of 14 other prominent artists, presenting his experiences and portraits that were completed on stage when he performed and toured in the Namatjira theatre production and will also be part of a open discussion panel with Daniel Green, Sam Adoquei and Rhonda Sherbell.

October 2012

Bronze Sculpture Commission for AIQS

Evert has been commissioned by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors to develop, design and sculpt their inaugural Infinite Value Award.

An exciting project that will see Evert collaborate with Master sculptor Alan Somerville to make 13 cold cast bronze sculptures, to celebrate the unsung heroes behind the building environment. Awards will be given in categories from Sustainable Green Projects to Women in Construction.

Evert’s passion for the ‘depiction and significance of the human hand’ has been reflected in the award design, representing the infinity figure 8 in the form of two touching hands.
Hands are intrinsic in conveying the message AIQS wishes to expand, working ‘hand in hand’ with Architects, engineering consultants and building managers on an International level.

The 2012 Infinite Value Awards presentation will be hosted by Grand Designs Australia, Peter Maddison in Melbourne’s Docklands in November.

19th October 2012

Proudly supporting Opera Australia

Evert is very pleased to be supporting Opera Australia in 2012 with his portrait titled ‘Madeline -The Belly Dance’. The work will be made available on Friday the 19th October at Opera Australia most glamorous fundraising event at the spectacular ‘Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney. Guests will be seated amongst the singers, sets and costumes from Opera Australia’s stunning production of Aida.

The Opera Gala will feature exclusive live and silent auctions, with money-can’t-buy items, luxury travel packages and operatic experiences. Guests will have the chance to support Opera Australia’s exciting Community Partnerships projects, helping to bring together diverse Australia’s through music.

Further information



24th-27th May 2012

Awarded ‘Certificate of Excellence’
Portrait Society of America, International Competition
Philadelphia, USA

Evert was very excited indeed to have received a “Certificate of Excellence’ at the 2012 Portrait Society of America International Competition-Philadelphia. Just extraordinary with 2000 entries worldwide and in the company with such superb talent to be in the top 50. A superb follow on from last year’s Best of Show portrait. This piece is titled ‘Jenny’ oil on linen 100 x72 cm

Jenny lived in Kyneton, Victoria Australia, where you find fabulous ‘Blue Stones’. Her passion was architecture and renovating her glorious rustic home. Evert met Jenny a number of times, gathering his reference material….the sad epilogue is she never saw her portrait finished, succumbing to her illness.

Image shown – detail

27th May

Canon Australia Institute Professional Photographic Awards

Congrats to photographer Tania Niwa receiving her Grand Masters & a ‘Silver’ Portrait Award for this image of Evert @ the Canon – Australian Institute Professional Photography Awards (AIPP) 2012 this week. Tania is the youngest recipient to have attained Grand Master.



Wednesday 16th May 2012

Ntaria/Hermannsburg: A special Namatjira performance

BighART and the amazing Namatjira team presented a unique one-off community performance of ‘Namatjira’.  It was performed in open air at the Historic Hermannsburg Mission Precinct in Ntaria, about 120km drive from Alice Springs, Central Australia.  Evert made a personal pilgrimage to join the current cast and crew on this very special occasion, which was set in the heartland and home of Albert Namatjira, the German Lutherans established Hermannsburg in 1877 as a religious mission for the Aboriginal Arrernte people.

“It was a deeply moving experience. Having been involved with the Namatjira play for quite sometime now, to be in the places described in the script put all the elements in perspective. A real highlight was visiting Albert’s small cottage that he built on the Finke River.”

Whilst on location, Evert completed two plein air paintings, one work was of the historic ‘Mission Church’ (image shown) and the other piece was painted on the sandy Finke River, which runs through the amazing landscape, looking up to Mount Hermannsburg.


Adelaide Festival 2012:
Artspace Gallery & South Australia Museum

For the first time, the large-scale portraits created during BighART’s Namatjira performances by Evert, Robert Hannaford and Michael Peck will be on show in a combined exhibition along with the Ngurratjuta Many Hands Art Centre watercolours, by Albert Namatjira descendants and ceramic’s from the Hermannsburg Potters.

Works will be on show and available from 14th April – 27th May 2012,
Art Space Gallery cnr Gresham St and Hindley St , Adelaide

South Australia Museum, until 26th June 2012, Aboriginal Cultures Exhibition.


29th February 2012

Portrait Unveiling of Prof. Hugh Taylor AC

A portrait of professor Hugh Taylor AC was unveiled today @ the historic Victorian Art Society. This commissioned piece by CERA stands as a testament to Hugh’s long-standing devotion to the Centre for Eye Research in Australia, which he founded 15 years ago. As a practicing ophthalmologist, academic leader, researcher and eye health advocate, Hugh has dedicated his life to the fight against preventable blindness, in particular ‘Trachoma’s’.

CERA is a remarkable success story – growing to the top 5 eye research groups in the world. Hugh is now Prof of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne. It is a combination  of the indigenous dot painting technique and Evert’s interweaving of the physical depiction of Hugh which gives rise to the image created.

More of Evert’s thoughts and process (coming soon) can be seen in his journal/blog page.

Wednesday 22nd February 2012

Namatjira goes into a 15 week third season tour.

Evert will reprise his role as ‘the portrait artist’ this week @ Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. He will accompany  the production to further regional destinations including Tamworth, Orange, Bathurst, Newcastle, Griffith, Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga, some 20 stage appearances and an additional 3 portraits are planned.

The tour continues with new cast members to Tasmania, Victoria, Adelaide, Alice Spring and Far North Queensland.The season, orchestrated by Art’s on Tour and BighART see’s the introduction of exciting merchandise such as the Soundtrack CD, Scott Rankin’s printed script and the release of the new iphone ‘Namatjira Watercolour App’.

12th January 2012

Desert Pea wins Honourable Mention – USA

The portrait titled ‘Trevor Jamieson as Namatjira, on stool with desert pea’, has received an Honourable Mention @ the Portrait Society of America, Members Only competition in the Non-Commissioned category.

This was the last piece Evert begun on stage at NORPA….Northern Rivers Performing Arts in regional Lismore NSW, during the 2nd Namatjira tour.

To see full image click here



December 2011

Faces of BighART – Panels

With the ending of the 2011 Namatjira Tour, BighART creative producers Sophia and Cecily asked Evert to create a series of ‘cast and crew’ portraits, as a thank you gift for each of those that worked on the production and their contribution to another highly successful season.

The works are now complete and although small in scale (8 x 10″) they are certainly not in stature. These superb pieces, each with their own personality, each executed with a deftness of paint handling, making the works so fresh and spontaneous …a lovely example of Evert’s skill in mark making. Click HERE for the full 26 in the series.

BighART has a high reputation creating quality cultural material as a driver for personal, community and regional development in disadvantaged communities and uses its profile to effect sustained social policy change.


September – October 2011

Regional Tour of Namatjira

After a sell out 2010 Season at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre, a National Tour of Namatjira has been scheduled with some exciting destinations. Beginning with a creative development in Roebourne WA, the official season will kick off at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, continuing to Dandenong, Geelong, Canberra, Woollongong and Lismore

Evert will revisit his performance on stage, painting a portrait of lead actor Trevor Jamieson as the play unfolds. He will be seen in the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in Wollongong 21st -24th Sept and the Nothern Rivers performing Arts Group NORPA in Lismore 30th Sept – 1st Oct

The Tour will continue into 2012 with dates and places to be confirmed.

September 2011

Shortlisted in ARTrinsic ‘Black Swan Prize for Portraiture 2011’

Evert’s portrait of Indigenous Actor Trevor Jamieson, painted during the Sydney Season of ‘Namatjira’ @ the Belvoir Theatre, has been shortlisted for the City of Perth Black Swan Prize. The portrait titled ‘Wood’ will make it’s way over to Perth for the Exhibition dates 16 Sept – 26 Sept. Now in it’s fifth year, Artrinsic created the prize as Western Australian’s very own National Portrait Competiton. The main award night at the Perth Town Hall on 22nd Sept will be the announcement of the $35,0000 winner.

Further details on the portrait can be seen on this site, visit OtherWorks – Namatjira Project.

This Portrait titled ‘Wood’ is now available in a fine art collectable print : click here



Thursday 11th August 2011

Finalist Inaugural Inglis Equine Art Prize

Following the 2011 theme ‘Life at the Stud’, will see the opening of the Inglis International Art Prize tonight, hosted in the magnificent Heritage listed Newmarket Stables.

Evert’s portrait of the great racehorse ‘Intergaze’ has been selected as one of 34 finalist’s in the Inaugural Equine Prize. The Inglis Equine Art Prize is the only one of its kind in Australia, and was created by Arthur Inglis in association with Australian Art Sales’ Director Mike Coward to protect and promote this traditional art form internationally. A field of artists, including 25 from Australia, two from Canada and one each from the USA, Germany and New Zealand are exhibiting the works with the winner receiving $15,000. The prize is for works of art focusing on thoroughbred racehorses.

Evert traveled to Mudgee in regional NSW and was warmly welcomed by Dennis Doble of Norman Park Stud to see the now retired Intergaze, a chestnut stallion who during his racing career beat such high profile horses as Sunline, Might and Power, Great Command, Tie the Knot and Octagonal, thus earning him the nickname –‘The Giant Killer’. He amassed almost $4,000 000 in prize money for his owners, with a race record that has ranked him #9 in the all time list of Australian Group One Winners.

Evert said he sought to capture the horse’s simple life after the “frills and banners and ribbons” of racing. All the works can be seen in Sydney from 12,13 & 14 August @ Ingilis Newmarket ‘Big’ Stables. Melbourne; Inglis Oaklands 18-19 August. Moonee Valley Race Club 20 August and Scone Arts Centre 26, 27 & 28 August.

Many thanks to the Manikas Family and to Phillip.

23rd June – 2nd July 2011

Creative Development – Pilbara Project – BighART

Evert has been invited by Big hART creative producer Deb Myers to join the early stages of the Pilbara Project in Western Australia. The project is focused on the community of Roebourne and with funding from the mining sector is seeking to work with the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people to achieve longterm goals, particularly in perserving the cultural heritage and developing skills within the community for a substainable future.

Evert, along with a group of other talented and generous artisans in their field, such as Kerry Armstrong, Tess Schofield and Zoe Davis will spend some time with the community building relationships, sketching and painting and generally being part of a ‘creative development’.

Evert hopes to expand on his experiences in this beautiful and inspiring landscape in an upcoming blog/journal.

Saturday 30th April 2011

Winner ‘Best of Show’ PSoA International Portrait Competition,

Atlanta USA

What a sensational result for Evert’s ‘Self Portrait in Bathroom’ winning ‘Best of Show’ at the prestigious PSoA ‘The Art of the Portrait’ in Atlanta. And what an extraordinary four day event! Program highlights include a large cross section of leading realist artists demonstrating and discussing their work, not to mention the popular ‘Face Off’ and 6×9″ Limited size mystery art sale.

By all accounts, it’s the interaction…the coming together of all like minded artists to enjoy and converse, to learn and encourage representational art practice. A great time was had by Evert catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Dr. Johan Cederlund, Director of the Zorn Museum in Sweden, was the key note speaker at the gala banquet dinner, where the 20 finalists were presented with their awards. Evert received both cash and gift certificates from sponsors including, Silver Brush Ltd, The Artist Magazine and Turtlewood Palettes. Photo – Evert with Kim Azzarito.

Photo courtesy: Matthew Innis

Thursday 24th March 2011

Finalist International Portrait Competition – Atlanta, Georgia USA

Congratulations to Evert on his selection as one of the 20 finalists in the 2011 International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. Over the last 13 years this competition has grown to become one of the most prestigious events in the field of world portraiture. With over 1,750 images entered, selecting a limited number to exhibit at the PSA annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia was a challenging undertaking.

Evert’s ‘Self Portrait in Bathroom’ (see image and details in previous news entry) was selected on criteria of skill, technique as well as aesthetic and emotional content. Evert will be travelling and attending the conference, where final judging will take place – April 28th til May 1st. Top award winners will be eligible for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Wednesday 15th December 2010

First Place – International Equine Competition

Presented by Art Horse Magazine, The International Ex Arte Equinus IV Equine Art Prize this year received over 1000 entries (from a vast list of nations). Now in its fourth year, this competition has truly grown to showcase the best of equine art produced today in various media. In the Painting Category, Evert’s portrait entitled “Andrew works Ben” was awarded First Place.

Juror, Kathi Peters’ comment was – “There is so much movement, color and lovely bold brushwork in this painting. The artist has the skill to portray the human form along with the equine? and does it all with great artistic skill and humor. I love this piece. I feel as though I am walking along with the farmer. I can smell the dirt, the grass and the working horse”.

“Andrew works Ben” was also featured in International Artist Magazine, (see details in previous news entry). All winning works will be published in a limited edition bound book available March 2011.

September – November 2010

Namatjira: Theatre Production – Big hART project

Positively enthused and very privileged to be given the unique challenge, Evert has been invited to join the ensemble co-produced Big hART and Company B theatre production NAMATJIRA. Written by Scott Rankin and Co-directed with Wayne Blair, it retells the story of undoubtedly Australia’s most famous Indigenous artist.

Born, Elea in 1902 in the desert in Aranda Country, baptised Albert by the Hermannsburg mission, it was with his first solo exhibition of watercolour landscapes, he signed his name Albert Namatjira. At the height of his fame Namatjira’s show’s sold out within minutes – he supported over 600 members of his community, was forbidden to own land, imprisoned for having a ‘drink’ and died a broken man.

William Dargie painted a portrait of Namatjira which won the prestigious Archibald Prize in 1956…it is this event as well as contributing to the overall ‘tone of art’ which Evert, along with Robert Hannaford will role share .

Painting live on stage each show, with the portrait continually being developed within the boundaries that is ‘theatre’, a number of works are proposed each with an energy and rawness most evident in such an atmoshpere.

Special thankyou’s to Sophia and TS…..

25 September – 7 November 2010 Bookings             (02) 9699 3444       or

17th September 2010

Bathroom Portrait shortlisted in $50,000 Bi-Annual Kilgour Art Prize

‘Self Portrait in Bathroom’ has been selected as a finalist in the Biannual Kilgour Art Prize for Figurative Painting, held at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition will open on 6th Nov – 16th Jan 2011.

The winner of the outstanding figurative work in composition will be announced on 19th Nov with the work being permanently aquired into the gallery’s collection.

This unashamedly honest depiction summaries a pause in reflection through the heat and steam of a damp bathroom.

To see full image click here

September 2010

Copyright Agency to use Mailman image

The Australian Government has appointed Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) to manage the new artists resale royalty scheme, which became effective on 1st July.

Under the scheme a 5% royalty is payable on certain resales. CAL was given approval to use Evert’s Deborah Mailman image in their website header and it will also feature in the forth coming Annual report 2009/10

August / September issue 2010

Equine Portrait featured in International Artist Magazine

At the invitation of Christine Egonoski, Director of the Portrait Society of America, Evert wrote a step by step article for their ‘Art of the Portrait’ section in International Artist Magazine #74. The generous 6 pages recounts Evert’s experience painting the double portrait of a magnificent Suffolk Punch draught horse.

He was last featured in International Artist issue #43 – portrait of Mariella (the riding girl) see media pages on this website.

To see full image click here

To read pdf article click here

Tuesday, 9th March 2010

Portrait Artists Australia presents..Face Off

Opened by the very poetic Paul Delprat, Director of the Julian Ashton Fine Art School, this exhibition of 60 portraits (which are all painted on 40x40cm canvas’), examines the full spectrum of emotion intimate, intense, guarded, melancholic, whimsical, witty…

Evert’s work titled ‘Thirst’, raised eyebrows with its evocative simplicity. Erotic and irreverent, the work certainly encouraged discussion.

The exhibition runs from the 8 – 20 March at the small but upbeat MLC gallery in inner city Ultimo.


Friday, 19th February 2010

Lauriston Girls School official unveiling

A balmy night in Armadale, Victoria was the official unveiling of outgoing principal Meg Hansen’s much-anticipated portrait, which when revealed showed a definite departure from previous portraits at Lauriston. Meg’s’ 10 year appointment at the school saw fundamental changes in particular the bringing together of students and the physical environment in which they studied.

One area in which this was achieved was through modernising the architecture: the expansive use of glass bringing the outside in and vice versa. With Meg personally choosing Evert, what resulted is evident in the final work – an effervescent and contemporary piece. The abstract Morton Fig (the traditional symbol of Lauriston) in the composition added to the narrative.

Tuesday, 12th January 2010

Honourable Mention in Members Showcase, Portrait Society of America

Evert’s large work titled ‘The Commander’ has won a Honourable Mention in the Portrait Society of America’s Oil category in the Members Showcase competition. This is the same piece that formed part of the Manly Regional Gallery – ‘In Paradise’ exhibition in late 2009.

January 2010

Foxtel Broadcasting purchases ‘Bill Collins-Mr Movies’

Foxtel Pay Television have purchased Evert’s portrait of Bill Collins. It was PR Elisabeth Hunter who was instrumental in securing an initial loan arrangement to have the painting as part of Bill’s 75th birthday celebration, where it absolutely caught the eye of Foxtel executives, in particular managing CEO Brian Walsh, who thought acquiring the piece would be a sincere way of thanking Bill for his many years at Foxtel, but more importantly a ‘patrons’ attitude to keeping the work in the public arena as a valuable reminder for future generations of the enormous contributions Bill has made to presenting and reviewing film. It is Evert’s sincere philosophy that such portraits are indeed an important visual acknowledgement that encourages and inspires.

As Film director George Miller recently said when Bill was presented with his induction into the ‘Logie Hall of Fame’……..”When I was starting out as a kid and I was interested in cinema – it was Bill who basically taught us. There was no other place you could find this stuff in Australia except by watching Bill Collins presentations and that’s the way we made the connection to that great era of film making, so that makes him very special and unique to us culturally”.


Friday September 11th 2009

‘In Paradise’ – Manly Regional Gallery & Museum

Manly Art Gallery & Museum is presenting an exhibition of works by the next generation of artisans to join the already flourishing community on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In Paradise: Artists of the Northern Beaches opens on Friday 11 September 2009 at 6pm by renowned Australian architect Richard Leplastrier. The exhibition runs from 11 September – 8 November 2009.

Artists have long been captivated by the light and lifestyle of the Northern Beaches and its distance from the frenzy of city life. They have over time recorded their impressions of the land, waterways and its people, a region often referred to as ‘Paradise’. Curator Katherine Roberts, has with this exhibit gathered the work of twenty-nine artists by visiting their studios and selecting artwork that reflects their sense of place and connection with the area.

The major figurative work in the exhibition is Evert’s ‘Commander’- an impressive energetic and passionate portrait which brings into discussion how ‘costume’ can be perceived.

An exhibition catalogue is available: isbn 978 0 9806713 0 8

September 2009

Highly Commended at ‘Black Swan Portrait Prize’

Evert’s portrait of legendary TV film presenter Bill Collins has been awarded a Highly Commended at this years Black Swan Portrait Prize in Perth WA. This was the first year Evert entered the West Coast prize and was thrilled to be one of the 45 selected finalists and acknowledged with this commendation. The public will be able to view the exhibition for a limited time at Perth Town Hall begin 25th September – 5th October.




Thursday, 30th July 2009

‘Poker Night’ @ Becker – Minty

Confirmed today: Evert’s large charcoal on watercolour paper titled ‘Poker Night’ has been purchased and will be shipped to Singapore – Asia Pacific. Many thanks to Christopher Becker and Jason Minty owners of the very eclectic and wonderful lifestyle store Becker Minty, located in Potts Point, Sydney. All the items in the store have been individually selected for their quality and uniqueness – The ethos is to offer ‘the best of everything’.

Evert was very enthused to have his work displayed within the store environment as it was complimented by many special objects and furniture which clients can further relate back to in context with the artwork. A large thankyou must also be extended to Cat Burke for all her correspondence.





Monday, April 27th 2009

Melbourne Cricket Club unveiling

MCC President David Meiklejohn unveiled a recent portrait of former president Frank Grey Smith (1886-1900). Dubbed by his contemporaries as ‘the most trusted and cautious financier in Australia’, Frank Grey Smith was a hero of the Melbourne Cricket Club. An MCC member since 1849, Grey Smith was elected president in 1886. An exceptionally popular man at the helm, it was his ‘bankers advice’ that was critical to the clubs financial fortunes in the difficult 1890′s.

The spirit of the MCC, it was said ‘seemed personified in Frank Grey Smith’. He is one of only four people to have a grandstand named after him at the MCG.

It was a great honour for Evert to paint this posthumous portrait of Frank Grey Smith and very prestigious for it to be displayed in the ‘bar’ named after him. The MCC has a strong tradition of painted portraits, many of which hang in the ‘long-room’ and the collection see’s many of Australia’s most esteemed portrait artists work.

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