Sprouse’s most recognized style can be found in the “narrative portrait” paintings that he began creating in 1999 after a desire to step back from the abstract works that he was most know for at the time.
A life-long fan of early, classic film and vintage photography, Sprouse began painting large-scale, colorful and emotive portraits modeled after 1920’s era head-shots of early film performers and various other photographic portraits from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. Click on the images below for a detailed look.
The style shift proved successful and the new line of work quickly became his most identifiable. This style of work has been called “evocatively beautiful” and “mesmerizing” by art critics and collectors alike in such publications as The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Art and Antiques, and more.
Sprouse has painted hundreds of works in this style since its debut and they can be found in private and public collections across the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America.