The beauty of nature is captured in infinite detail with Jim Sparks’s exhibition, Realism into Abstraction: Nature as Metaphor, opening Friday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The New York artist’s take on what nature has to offer employs an intense and focused observation of the myriad details that accumulate on the boundaries of outdoor landscapes. According to the artist, “The patterns, textures and complexity of forms, often greatly amplified, contribute to a lyrical poetic transformation of the ordinary into the sublime.” His large-scale oil paintings are juxtaposed with the minute fine points that are executed in each work.
Sparks has spent his life and career in the service of his art starting with his graduations from Washington University in St. Louis with a BFA in painting, and University of Southern California, with an MFA in painting. He has been teaching art, ranging from color theory, figure drawing and anatomy for artists, since 1988 and is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y., teaching drawing, core fine arts and art history. His works are in public collections throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. He has participated in many one-man exhibitions and group shows throughout the Northeast including a year-long installation at the Yorktown Performing Arts Center, Yorktown, N.Y., and exhibitions at the Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan.