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Stephen Spartana

Stephen Spartana

Artist Work

Inter-section
2017
digital image on canvas
26" by 40"
Love
2017
digital print on canvas
26" by 40"
Above
2017
digital image printed on canvas
26" by 40"
Rooted
2017
Digital print on bamboo paper
10.127 by 18
Season Change
2016
Digital Print on Bamboo Paper
10.127 by 18
Leaves in Fall
2017
Digital print on Bamboo paper
10.127 by 18"

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
4104585663
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Artist Statement Stephen Spartana Spring 2016 An artist development starts at various stages of their life. Art became important to me with my interest in photography from an early age, awestruck at the amazing images from around the world in National Geographic. In college I bought my first camera and started to take note of the world around me. I found several artists' work and philosophies resonated with me. Irving Penn, whose quality of light struck me early on. Cartier-Bresson, whose composition and philosophy about the use of space and "the decisive moment”, has been a mainstay of my commercial work. Pete Turner, who felt that the shot image is not the end product, but just the beginning. Lastly, Georgia O’Keeffe, whose paintings of flowers and nature just blew me away, and inspired me to shoot pictures of all the flowers I could find. On to art school. My senior thesis at MICA involved shooting a cloaked figure in an outdoor setting, using mirrors of various shapes and sizes as a way of bringing different sections of the landscape into the photograph. I was fascinated by reflections at that point, and how they applied to nature. A collection of images titled, Human-Nature, was shown at the Gomez Gallery, Baltimore in the early 90’s. The series was a study of black and white nudes married to tightly shot colored images of flowers. I continued this work until my commercial schedule and children became all time consuming and the work was put aside for then. With Turner’s philosophy in mind, the chromes from the Gomez show have become the starting point for my current studies. Their interplay of black & white forms overlaid with details of flowers take on the function of underlayment. I’ve expanded the use of natural elements to include scenes of nature during times of growth and decay. Mirrors have been replaced by the natural reflective surface of water. Recently I’ve become intrigued with tattoos and body painting and found that the patterns of leaves or sedimentary rocks naturally suggest intricate tattoos. These compositional layers of elements give the viewer reason to look closer, to see beneath the surface. For me the interplay between the human form, organic elements, and the landscape create incredible beauty, as they are intertwined on earth, coexisting as one. We are of the earth, and how we treat our environment effects all of us. An artist development starts at various stages of their life. Art became important to me with my interest in photography from an early age, awestruck at the amazing images from around the world in National Geographic. In college I bought my first camera and started to take note of the world around me. I found several artists' work and philosophies resonated with me. Irving Penn, whose quality of light struck me early on. Cartier-Bresson, whose composition and philosophy about the use of space and "the decisive moment”, has been a mainstay of my commercial work. Pete Turner, who felt that the shot image is not the end product, but just the beginning. Lastly, Georgia O’Keeffe, whose paintings of flowers and nature just blew me away, and inspired me to shoot pictures of all the flowers I could find. On to art school. My senior thesis at MICA involved shooting a cloaked figure in an outdoor setting, using mirrors of various shapes and sizes as a way of bringing different sections of the landscape into the photograph. I was fascinated by reflections at that point, and how they applied to nature. A collection of images titled, Human-Nature, was shown at the Gomez Gallery, Baltimore in the early 90’s. The series was a study of black and white nudes married to tightly shot colored images of flowers. I continued this work until my commercial schedule and children became all time consuming and the work was put aside for then. With Turner’s philosophy in mind, the chromes from the Gomez show have become the starting point for my current studies. Their interplay of black & white forms overlaid with details of flowers take on the function of underlayment. I’ve expanded the use of natural elements to include scenes of nature during times of growth and decay. Mirrors have been replaced by the natural reflective surface of water. Recently I’ve become intrigued with tattoos and body painting and found that the patterns of leaves or sedimentary rocks naturally suggest intricate tattoos. These compositional layers of elements give the viewer reason to look closer, to see beneath the surface. For me the interplay between the human form, organic elements, and the landscape create incredible beauty, as they are intertwined on earth, coexisting as one. We are of the earth, and how we treat our environment effects all of us.

Artist Bio

STEPHEN SPARTANA

6706 Selkirk Rd, Baltimore MD 21239 • Cell 410-458-5663

Studio: 19 South Stricker St, Baltimore MD 21223

stephen@spartana.com

http://photography.spartana.com/

OBJECTIVE

To expand my career by developing my first love, fine art photography.

EXPERIENCE

Spartana Photography

Owner/Photographer/Videographer • May, 1983 to Present

§ Professional commercial photographer/videographer for the past 34 years. Location and studio

assignments for advertising, marketing & PR, and editorial imagery for various clients including:

healthcare, educational institutions, non-profits, corporations, retailers, and public agencies.

Spartana Art

Gallery Shows and Exhibits

• July – September, 2017 at MUIH, Laurel, MD “Intertwined”

§ May, 2017 at Laughing Pint, Baltimore, MD “Intertwined”

§ 2002 at Fair Haven, Sykesville, MD “Travel Imagery”

§ 1994 at Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD “Human-Nature”

§ 1992 at Nye-Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD “Aerial Imagery”

EDUCATION

1983 BFA Photography Major; Maryland Institute College of Art

1979 Certificate: Photography, Layout, Offset Printing; Visual Arts Institute

AWARDS

§ Multiple CASE awards for publications and web site photography