|“Dune Trail” © Stan Sperlak|
Name: Stan Sperlak, PSA
Bio: Stan Sperlak was born in Denver, Colorado in 1960. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during 1995-1998 studying with Al Gury, Jill Rupinski, Maggie Gilboy and others. During 1998-99, Sperlak studied in the home and garden of artist and landscape architect William Frederick. Sperlak also studied from 1997-2003 with Patricia Vanaman Witt, founder of the Barn Studio of Art in Millville, New Jersey, focusing on plein air landscape painting.
In 1997 Sperlak bought 37 acres of farmland, forest and marsh along the Crow Creek in Goshen, NJ and started work on a studio and future teaching facility. In 2003 with the encouragement of Pat Witt, Sperlak embarked on continuing Witt's traditions of plein air teachings and style. Crow Creek Farm is now the main facility for his classes. Sperlak has also taught in Maine, Colorado, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland, and has been invited to teach and speak at art centers across the US.
In 1998 Sperlak started to exhibit professionally. He is currently represented by SOMA Gallery in Cape May, NJ, William Ris Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ, Main Line Art in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Hardcastle Gallery in Wilmington, Delaware, Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, Laura Craig Galleries, Scranton PA and Bishop’s Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, MD. His works are also in the permanent collection of the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ.
Sperlak is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Maryland Pastel Society and a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado. He is also a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, having served on the Board of Directors since 2005. He is a member and past President of The Cape May County Art League.
Medium: Pastel. Witt and Sperlak's tradition teaches that painting outdoors should be an exercise in "note taking" with color and gesture from life, to capture the light and essence of a place, and to establish the basis for future works from these studies.
Subjects: Landscape. Figurative. Sperlak's most recent paintings limn the landscape of the Mid Atlantic region of the USA. Shorelines, marshes, fields, skies, boats, fisherman and night scenes are all grist to his mill. He lists his strongest influences as Robert Henri, George Inness, William Lathrop and N.C. Wyeth.
Publications: BlueRoads Magazine featured Stan in the October 2005 issue. There is more to be found on his Press page.
Technique/Style: Stan’s intensely pigmented work is the result of using handmade pastels on rough and smooth papers and on self-prepared boards. Many of the passages are accomplished with a very light blending by hand, while some of the heavier tones are built through layers of pastel that are sometimes liquefied and “fixed” with water, alcohol and turpentine applied with brushes, razors, spoons and rags.
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