Sprouse’s first foray into the world of Visual Art was through abstract painting. Heavily influenced by American Color Field (a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s) artists such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Robert Motherwell, Sprouse views his abstract work as “wordless poems on canvas”. He will often incorporate mixed-media elements of original, vintage ephemera via collage into his work to accent a particular mood or tone. Click on any of the images below for a detailed look.
His abstract work is often influenced by the colors and shapes found in nature and some of his more geometrically focused work frequently appear to be abstracted versions of landscapes or seascapes. Sprouse has created hundreds of abstract paintings in a wide variety of sizes throughout his career and he will often focus exclusively on abstracts for months at a time before switching to the narrative portrait style.