Colorado artist, Daniel Sprick’s subjects range from extraordinarily realistic portraits to hauntingly contemplative still lifes. His paintings, while reminiscent of the Dutch and Flemish tradition, are wholly contemporary, subtly blurring the line between realism and abstraction. His paintings feature a range of subjects, from still lifes of flowers and unlikely assortments of objects to interiors and urban and pastoral scenes. A diverse range of men, women, and youth populate his portraits and figurative works; taken together, they reflect a rich and encompassing view of humanity. The meticulous representation of everyday objects and stirring interpretation of the human form provide viewers a new way to look at the world.
As Timothy J. Standring, exhibition curator and Gates Foundation Curator at the Denver Art Museum explains Sprick’s work: “Upon first glance, viewers might think Daniel’s works are photographs because of their stunningly realistic elements. However, the longer we look at one of his paintings, the more we become aware that they are anything but a part of our world. We encounter Sprick’s paintings not so much as statements, but more as experiences, whereby we engage deeply with his creativity.”
Born in 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sprick currently lives and works in Denver, CO. Sprick and his work have been the subject of museum shows, including the Museum of Outdoor Art in Englewood, Colorado; the Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Indiana; and the Denver Art Museum. Sprick’s work is represented in numerous public collections, among them the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the Denver Art Museum; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. An articulate spokesman about the nature of art and his own work, Sprick is the subject of a recently released PBS documentary.
Daniel Sprick is represented by MM Fine Art in Southampton, New York.