Size: 10"W x 8"H x 0.0125"D
Year Created: 2010
I am motivated to capture fleeting impressions that are often very fragile moments in my life. Although I sometimes use a camera to record what was going on my paintings where there was no camera and no time seem to be the most authentic. I am old enough now to really appreciate that my early etchings and paintings have held up to their original beauty where as the early photos I have taken have really faded from their original glory days.
8X10 Pen & Ink with Pastels on Arches #140 Water Color Paper: I had this little pen & ink sketch I did while sitting on the dock in Procida at the end of a day of sailing. I was mesmerized by the reflections coming off the colorful fleet of little boats and the shadows of their bow lines in the water. I found some old pastels last week and I have been trying to get them to work, like my mentor LR. This little harbor in Italy is just 10 miles out in the bay of Naples and has been declared an International Heritage Site, unspoiled by progress and very lightly touched by tourist.
Born in Emmetsburg, Iowa in 1945, Randy Sprout began his art career in 1964 at the University of Iowa, printmaking and studying with Mauricio Lasansky and Dr. John Schultz. He graduated with a BA in fine arts from the University of Iowa in 1968 Army service in Korea interrupted his art for two years, after which he studied with Robert Heinecken, Jan Stussy, Ray Brown, Sam Amato, Richard Diebenkorn and Stanton MacDonald-Wright, in the UCLA Graduate School of Fine Arts. He was awarded an MA in 1972 and an MFA at UCLA in 1973. He had many shows during that time, including a One Man show at the Santa Barbara Art Museum. He also worked for Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with Ben Johnson, and got to restore many priceless prints for the Norton Simon Museum. Working closely with Jan Stussy and Stanton McDonald-Wright, he began painting and his drawings began to get larger and better. In 1973, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to restore some Goya steel-faced etchings at the Prado, in Lisbon. Then Ruth Weisberg of the USC Department of Art reached out to him, and he worked there as an Associate Instructor in printmaking for 2 years. After that, he taught painting and printmaking for 4 years at the UCLA Art Extension then taught painting, printmaking and drawing at Pierce College. He coauthored the book “Innovative Printmaking” 1977 Crown Publishers, New York. In 2004 he gave a sold out lecture to Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angles with a re-creation of Synchrome Kineidoscope performance a machine he helped work on with Stanton MacDonald-Wright in early 1970. He recently won the Best Artist Over 65 Award from PleinAir Magazine for December/January 2017. He is a member of California Art Club, Southern California Plein Air Painters Association, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, and on the Board of Directors for the California Art League. His work can be found in the following Collections: Archives Ohlone College, Fremont, California Grunwald Graphic Art Center, U.C.L.A. Photographic Collection, School of Fine Art, Ohio State University, Photographic Collection, Oakland Museum of Fine Art, California, 44 U.S. Embassies around the world, Photographic Collection, U.C .L A Fall River Art Association, Mass. Photographic Collection, School of Fine Art, University of lowa. Print Collection of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Flint Institute of Arts He still lives in the foothills of Los Feliz with his wife of 46 Years, the former Dawn Eberle and has 3 children, Barrett 34 Laurel 37, and Robert 40. He now divides his time between painting, real estate management, and teaching water color painting for Odyssey Art at Sea onboard Crystal Cruise lines.