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Daniel Sprick  Glenwood Springs, CO

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Oil on canvas on board
Oil on board

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About Daniel

Daniel Sprick was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied at the Froman School of Art and The National Academy of Design and received his BFA from University of Northern Colorado in 1978. His love of drawing and the development of his painting technique began at the age of four, with influences stemming as far back as Robert Campin and Roger van de Weyden.

Captivated by interiors, such as that of a simple art studio, Sprick needs not to travel far to his muse. He characterises himself as fiercely dedicated to the scrupulous representation of ordinary objects, as a means of transcendence in the everyday experience. His work plays with similar polarisations—between inside and outside, solidity and erosion, reality and perception.

Recommended by our guest curators

O’Neil Scott

Philadelphia, PA artist

"One of my favorite painters, with an understanding of color and form that takes a life time to achieve; he is clearly one of the best painters in the world. His paintings feel like they will move and that is something that goes far beyond photography and ventures into the living."

Nick Patten

Hudson, NY artist

"Daniel Sprick is one of the most highly regarded realist painters in America today. The level of depth and craft that he brings to each work is truly stunning. What is most rewarding about experiencing a Sprick painting is the feeling that the craft is only there to support the expression of his imagery. He will go to any length to show us the painting he wanted to make. Daniel's paintings are fully realized, and that effort results in a beauty that is all its own."

Megan Lange

Artist / Co-Owner, Robert Lange Studios

"You’ll often see artists gesturally painting a figure that fades unfinished into the background. Well Daniel Sprick, in addition to being one of the most precisely detailed still life artists out there, does this in way that makes me think the figure is absorbing the paint from the canvas to pump through his or her veins."

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"I love this! It has such emotion; such soul!"


"Still an amazing piece!!"

"His work is simply a marvel. You have to see it in person. His figurative paintings are an example of what is possible with imagination and paint. He sees color like no other. Even if you don't care for representational painting, standing in front of his work you can appreciate the ability to manipulate the material. Every time I see them it just strikes me as a man who knows what the hell he is doing............"

"Why not just take a photograph?Comment by john h falkner ? November 3, 2010Joseph Todorovitch hit the nail in the head. I'll just add that being a fine artist is not for the lazy at heart. The study and work ethic that it takes to create such masterful works is only possible by having a very disciplined and dedicated mind. Painting allows you to explore the moment and enjoy it in a different dynamic than just a point and click experience."

"Sprick is one of the finest painters to have walked (and flown) around on this planet. Why not take a photograph? Because the camera cannot capture an experience like the human eye and interpret things in the way a person can. More importantly, when you see one of these paintings in person, you can truly understand the magnitude of the craftsmanship that it takes to create a painting like this. They are fairly large and look like you can reach in and investigate the objects with your hands. Bravo maestro"

"@john h falkner because there is a lot of subtlety to his work that you can't see in a small jpg online like this. There are some things that you can only do with painting that he does masterfully..."

"Why not just take a photograph?"

"this is creepy but amazing !!!"

"I mean no disrespect, this painting is probably an elegant alegory of some sort, but it makes me think of the artist at his easel waiting for the paint to finally dry and he has obviously been waiting for a while...Technically it is spectacular, the mood from the ambient lighting seems sterile tho, not exactly with the sort of dramatic light one might expect for such a masterful painter. Wondering what mood he was going for and did I get it?"

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