Abstract and Mixed Media Collage
Sprouse’s first entrance into public gallery exhibition consisted of large scale abstract work. While his work has followed a variety of different paths over the years, the map of the symbolic lay of the land of his artistic vision remains constant so his interest in producing meaningful and thought provoking abstract work remains strong and close to his heart.
While his earlier works were known for their cubist and Rothko influences, the majority of his abstract paintings now include collage composed of a combination of authentic vintage ephemera and digitally manipulated printed imagery. Also, the essence of hand written notes and letters are emphasized via the incorporation of visual word elements into the piece.
The potent combination of all of these elements in part or in whole with Sprouse’s definitive color palate produce works that transcend the normal concept of abstraction in art and offer a work of art that is bathed in the narrative. These works seem more akin to visual poems or stories where the details of the plot are left up to the viewer to decide. Several of his works from this line are titled after snippets of prose from the actual ephemera used on the canvas. This effect serves to add to the mystic of the work and enriches the viewing experience.
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