R. B. Sprague

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© Charles Rushton
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From the Artists Series. This portrait is in my book, Insights: The Portraiture of Charles R. Rushton, http://www.crushton.com.

At first glance, Spragues paintings appear realistic, almost photographic. However they have a surreal feeling about them that derives from a variety of factors. His use of light suggests a sort of dream-like quiet. While most objects in the paintings appear motionless to the point of existing almost outside of time, Sprague will include a curtain that seem to be blown by a breeze, or a fold in a table cloth or a diagonal sweep of clouds in a sky that suggest movement. Many painting employ anomalies in perspectives that suggest the viewer is viewing different areas of the picture space simultaneously from different vantage points. Sprague’s painting technique also contributes to the surreal effect. He applies several thinly painted layers over the course of many sittings, and so creates a smooth appearance that hides brush strokes and enhances the linear qualities of the composition. On the whole, Sprague’s compositions are simple and elegant in their underlying and often openly expressed geometric structure.

9 responses

  • Chris Davis

    Chris Davis said (8 Nov 2008):

    I have really enjoyed your artist portraits

  • Diane Peterson

    Diane Peterson gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    Charles, you have really outdone yourself with this one..Beautiful!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    Another great portrait and the subject looks pleased.

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    Wonderful addition to your series.

  • Renee Cettie

    Renee Cettie gave props (8 Nov 2008):

    excellent portrait and enjoyed the information, well done

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    great shot!

  • Daniel Powers

    Daniel Powers gave props (11 Dec 2008):

    great shot! great envirnomental portrait!

  • jordan avery foster

    jordan avery foster gave props (30 Mar 2009):

    Wonderful portrait - love the commentary, as well.

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