Visual Art #TBT 3/10/16

"Checkered Past" Digital Collage of Original Photograph ©2013 Michael Sprouse

I’ve never been the kind of person that likes to dwell much in the past. At least, not when it comes to posting photos of myself or scenes from years gone by. I’m much more interested in either what’s happening now, or what may be about to happen in the near future.

The past does have merits however when it comes to art. The majority of my Narrative Portrait paintings are modeled off of vintage photos from the past and I can and will spend hours drifting through art museums taking in the art of centuries gone by.

So, with that in mind, I’ve decided that rather than post an old photograph of myself from days gone by, I would do my best to honor the #TBT meme by posting images of my work from the past. It’s an interesting and not bad way for artists to reexamine their work since most artists are constantly evolving either stylistically or through skill.

But a twist on today’s post is that rather than paintings, I’m posting some digital collages that I created about three to five years ago. I love photography and Photoshop (I’ve been working with Photoshop for more than 20 years) so it feels like second nature to me.

Please feel free to contact me for information about owning a print of the images below.

While all of the four images are digitally collages from photos I have taken, the two figurative images contain people from very old photographs. The boy in “Approach Of Winter” is from a photograph taken around 1860 – 1865 and the lovely woman in “Lydia By The Lake” is from a WWI era postcard.

I took the original photo used for “Checkered Past” in the laundry room in the basement of an old building where I once had a live-in studio on the corner of 17th and S Street N.W. in Washington, DC. The building is still there of course, but the fantastic retro laundry room has been totally redesigned.

“Four Plates and Eggs” are from a photo I took after breakfast one morning. The dish featured in the work is from the 1940’s.

The eggs were delicious by the way.