January 10, 2017

Q & A with Artists from “Animalia”

The current group show at Sparks Gallery, “Animalia” features artwork from 32 artists.  SG asked the exhibiting artists “Why do you choose to create work with animals as a theme? Do you have a cause that you are passionate about that involves animals?”

AmandaLynn at work

AmandaLynn at work

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May 19, 2016

Creative Foundations: Interview with Gloria Muriel

Gloria Muriel painting at Sparks Gallery

Gloria Muriel painting at Sparks Gallery


Gloria Muriel’s fine art is available for purchase on our Gloria Muriel Artwork page.

Gloria Muriel, notable artist, muralist, installation artist, and graphic designer, currently exhibiting artworks featuring goddesses spanning cultures and time periods in “Xanadu” until June 5th. Muriel’s characteristic style using brilliant colors and symbol-rich iconography is prominent is numerous murals across California, Florida, and Mexico.  Sparks Gallery speaks with Muriel about her creative processes, “Xanadu”, and future projects.

Gloria Muriel will also speak about her work at Sparks Gallery on Weds, May 25, at 6pm – details here: https://sparksgallery.com/events/an-evening-with-artist-gloria-muriel

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April 3, 2016

Foundations of an Artist: Duke Windsor

Duke Windsor in studio

Duke Windsor in studio

Duke Windsor began his artistic career photographer while serving in the Marine Corps as a combat illustrator/photographer and later served as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. After his tour of duty was over, Windsor competed in professional rodeo, with amateur standing, as a bull rider and steer wrestler.  Wanting to return to his studies, Windsor auditioned and gained admittance in the San Diego State University Music Department as a classical voice major.

Windsor’s range and versatility is apparent due to his traditional grounding and foundation in classical drawing, color theory, and form and composition.  His love of “true draftsmanship” spurs back to high school. “If the drawing isn’t quality, and the composition is unbalanced, then the painting fail,” stated his first art teacher.  Windsor’s belief in Foundation still hold true today.  From abstract to figurative, watercolors to Terra-cotta sculptures, Windsor has explored and mastered a variety of subjects and mediums.  Sparks Gallery speaks with Duke Windsor to understand his artistic perspective.

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March 14, 2016

David Fokos on “Book Pages Project”, Inspiration & Photo Tips

David Fokos has been a photographer for 40 years, mastering and strengthening his uniquely minimalist artworks.  Fokos speaks with Sparks Gallery about his solo photography show, “Book Pages Project” and delves into the creative and technical process behind his work.

David Fokos

Sparks Gallery asks: How has your background influenced your creative process?  How has your work developed?

Fokos: With regard to my minimalist, black and white landscape work: My parents live on Martha’s Vineyard island, and I have been photographing there for nearly 40 years, making my relationship with the Island the most enduring connection I’ve ever had with a specific place.

There is a peaceful, rejuvenating natural beauty there that remains largely unspoiled. It is the inner peace and calm that I experience there that I have tried to express through my work.

During the first 15 years I was photographing with a view camera, I photographed exclusively on the island, struggling to make images that expressed what I felt.  Eventually my own style began to emerge as I drew upon my technical background in science and engineering, and my decades-long interest in Japanese aesthetics to develop a personal theory of how we perceive the world and a method for expressing that through my art.

With regard to my Book Pages Project: I feel that my austere book page compositions were informed by my longtime interest in Japanese aesthetics. Additionally, the Japanese concepts of wabi (rustic simplicity, freshness, quietness, an appreciation of imperfection), and sabi (patina and an appreciation of the ephemeral nature of things) speak directly to my love of the texture and patina of these old books.  My background in engineering was helpful in conceiving and executing the imaging process I used for this work.

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