- Randy Sprout
About the Exhibition
Randy Sprout solo exhibition
Randy Sprout has come full circle, after retiring from the Century 21 Hollywood Inc. franchise he built and owned from 1977 - 2008. Sprout had focused on printmaking and etching, as an undergrad at the University of Iowa. Finishing his MA and MFA at UCLA in 1971, where he studied under Jan Stussy and Stanton MacDonald Wright, Sprout says "I had no choice but to begin painting". Painting, conservation (at the LACMA museum), restoration of priceless prints, and teaching all followed. In his retirement, Randy travels and paints plein air studies along the way, and, in his workshop, is happy to be once again, "up to his neck in ink".
Boys On The Dock's congregation of young fishermen on the neighborhood pier has the perfect balance of highlight and deep shadow, gold-ringed clouds and lake reflection. The 30 x 30 inch Acrylic painting is realistic. Its details of the boys' body posture, faces and clothing, against the muted rows and reflections of homes and trees on shore, provide immense charm.
Ferndale Creek is rich and dark and heavier, in comparison – smaller, too, at 20 x 20 inches. Nothing competes with the creek's blue-white bubbling, or the shimmer of gold where the sun pierces it; its delicate waterfall, or the white light glancing off its embedded rocks. Deft brushstrokes, angles, and shadows keep our eyes trapped, captive to its detail of place without time.
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