Sprouse has made no secret of his love of the work of Mark Rothko and his use of rectangular fields of color and light. By incorporating similar aspects of shape and color rich with contrasting shades of light and dark, Sprouse began creating a line of “Contemporary Landscapes” shortly after relocating to the Delaware coastal region in 2000. The area, rich in vistas of land and sea, became the perfect muse for his mix of landscape, abstraction and mixed media.
Using a variety of materials either individually or together, these works infuse a sense of openness and freedom. “Big sky” representationally meets shapes reminiscent of rolling meadows or the richness of a sprawling ocean. While some of the works contain more recognizable elements than others bringing them closer to the concept of a “traditional” landscape, Sprouse never quite crosses the boundary in those examples. The elements – and freedom – of abstractionism can be found in each work.
In Sprouse’s mind, that same sense of freedom is what he strives to include in this particular line of work.
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