About

Above: detail of 'The Smoothing (II)', silicone on canvas, 2022.

Biography

Ever Grainger (b. 1966, Liverpool, UK).

Ever pronounced as in 'ever since’ etc. Pronouns she/they.

In Grainger’s early career, the opportunity to go to art school was missed due to family and financial commitments. However, related success and independence was found as a self-taught illustrator-photographer-designer, building a niche working for clients across the UK in the arts, music and creative industries.

Later, having moved to the midlands and now able to transition to a fine art practice, Grainger studied at Birmingham School of Art, UCE, (BA Hons Fine Art), graduating first class in 2003. As a reaction against working in two dimensions for so long, Ever relished producing sculpture and installation, but also revisited working with the photographic image to explore a variety of concerns. Work on graduation was selected for New Contemporaries and subsequent residencies were invited for the New Art Gallery Walsall, and Cultural City Network, Graz, Austria.  

Focussing for a period on 'the photograph as object’, Grainger studied the interplay between two and three dimensions, surface and depth and the mediated experience, undertaking an MA Photography at London College Communication, University of the Arts London (graduating in 2009), just after moving further (furthest) south to the Isle of Wight.

Around 2016, there began a period returning to a practice more broadly based on sculpture and installation. Site-specific installs around the island’s coastline and works made for the home-studio-garden, led to a two year experiment hosting a gallery/museum and sculpture garden in a old cottage in a nearby village.

Building on the works made with silicone during the prior project (a material originally experimented with during the first year of art school) from 2020, Grainger concentrated again on a more singular studio practice based on works utilising the material. Found to be the satisfying medium and process that Ever had been looking for, there are now many works in various planning and progress stages going forward.

Exhibitions include The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show, The Royal West of England Academy Open, Wells Art Contemporary, New Contemporaries, New Art Gallery Walsall (solo), The Gothenburg Museum of Art, The Photographers Gallery London, Gallery Works Osaka, Shoreditch Town Hall London, Bearspace London, ESC Gallery Graz (solo), Space Banana Birmingham, Diemar Noble London, Rencontres d'Arles France, Phoenix Gallery Brighton and Glasgow International Art Festival.

In 2022, Grainger was awarded The Pangolin Digital Ltd Sculpture Prize at The Royal West of England Academy Open for the selected work 'Slabb: Grey'.

Work is held in private collections and the public collections of the National Science and Media Museum and the University of the Arts London.

Ever was elected a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors in 2021 (MRSS).

Above: waiting for 'After (Party)', to cure, summer 2022.