Jeffrey Spalding, "Iskowitz for Walter Moos," 2012
Jeffrey Spalding, "Joan Mitchell's Parisian Blue," 2012
Jefrey Spalding, "Stuart Davis," 2012
Through the use of chance and happenstance Canadian artist, Jeffrey J. Spalding has created exciting and unexpected expressive abstractions. Working with printmaker Gordan Novak of Novak Graphics in Admiral, SK, Spalding uses the off cast printmaking materials and found colours gathered from the works of other artists in a very specific printing process designed to ensure the development of almost random composition making. The process is informed by the contributions of many artists in unplanned, unintentional ways. The results have a very dynamic fifties abstraction meets Pop Art vibe. For Spalding, the expressive results pay homage to a variety of artists from the modern art period and referenced in the titles. These are the 'ghosts' within the artworks. For Novak, the happy accidents discovered within this art-making process are attributed to the 'angels' of printmaking.
The selection now showing at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current is drawn from the larger exhibition presented at Art Gallery of Swift Current in November - December 2015.
The full size exhibition will be showing at Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in September - October of 2017.
A documentary video is available.
Organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current with the support of Novak Graphics, Admiral Saskatchewan. Curator is Kim Houghtaling, MVA.