Street, with his Heart of Peace, 2013
April 27, 1963|
Park City, Utah
|Awards||Image of Forgiveness, 2005|
Spar Street is an award-winning painter and sculptor. He specializes in painting large canvases in mixed media, with a high emphasis on sensuality, color and movement. Before becoming an artist, Street was a world-class ski champion and entrepreneur. He now uses his work to promote peace, intending to invoke the highest aspirations of his clients and their organizations.
Street was born in Park City, Utah, on April 27, 1963, the eldest of four to parents Richard and Shera Street. Richard was a real estate entrepreneur and the visionary of Park City Resorts. Shera is an artist with an MA in fine art from the University of California, Berkeley. Street moved with his mother to Palo Alto, California when his parents divorced in 1965. Street was raised in a creative atmosphere, painting since the age of two. "We would draw, paint, and sculpt as a family. Creating art was the way we communicated," Street has said.
Street was diagnosed with dyslexia at age six and was unable to read until the fifth grade. When he was ten years old, a child psychologist told his mother Street "would never amount to anything," because of his supposed disability. At that time, Street turned to art as therapy. "I couldn't do homework, but I could do art," he says.
Street has said, "My purpose is to inspire and to empower people; to share the triumph of the human spirit in my work." He says that — for him — triumph means "when the mind lets go, and the spirit takes over. Our minds can become so obsessed with ideas of 'me and my problems, and how can I get what I want.' But, when you look at art, or listen to music, or experience moments of intimacy, all that falls away."
The passion of living, and the boundless capacity of the heart to love, are the continuing explorations of Spar's work. Street says of his work:
It is all about communicating energy. True art is a transformational experience. We all know it when we feel it. It's what I continually aim for and why I became an artist in the first place.
His work is intended to exude movement and intensity, rhythm and sensuality.
Street combines abstraction, impressionism and realism into a single canvas. He employs explosions of color and eclectic brushwork. His multimedia images are meant to invoke energy, warmth, sensuality, power and beauty, filtered through his emotional and spiritual sensibilities.
Street employs heavy layering in many of his abstract paintings. Maui art critic Paul Janes-Brown has this to say about Street's work:
You have to actually come and see the work to appreciate how great an artist this man is... The excitement of his work is extraordinary. The texture of the work transforms it to another place completely.
Street is most interested in creating artworks which carry great significance for their owners. "My goal is always to create something for [my clients] personally... The art must invoke their inner feelings. Otherwise, it is meaningless."
Commissions, for Street, are a welcome "co-creative process," and comprise 80% of his work. He begins with a lengthy personal interview process, which uncovers the client's values and challenges. "What comes out is usually some form of love and exhilaration," Street says.
He listens to the resulting recording while creating the piece. This process takes six months or more and the paintings are made of 70–90 or more layers of paint. The goal is to deliver a piece "that personally lends inspiration for living life to one's highest aspirations."
Art for Peace
"Art has tremendous power," Street has said. "It is meant to uplift and inspire, to empower people to have clarity of mind and heart."
In 2001, Street created his The Heart of Peace after having been asked by Michael Nobel of the Nobel Foundation and Gene Maillard, former Executive Director of the GRAMMY Foundation, to create an emotionally evocative sculpture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2005, the U.N., along with the Global Security Institute, awarded Ted Turner the Alan Cranston Peace Award in honor of his $1 billion donation to the U.N. and other peace-promoting organizations. The U.N. commissioned Street to create a piece for Turner to commemorate the event. The resulting painting, The Gift, was presented in a special event hosted by the Global Security Institute at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
Before he became an artist, Street was a professional skier competing in aerial, mogul, slalom, and giant slalom events. Accomplishments include being a five-time British Columbia ski champion, along with multiple top five results at the national level. He also finished top 16 in the World Professional Mogul Championships in 1985.
Street's paintings are in the private collections of His Highness the Sultan of Brunei, Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky, Trevor Linden, Sir Richard Branson, Eckhart Tolle, and Dame Jane Goodall. His work is in the corporate and institutional collections of Nike, Seagram's, Virgin Atlantic, Federal Express, The Royal Bank of Canada, and The United Nations.
Street currently resides in Maui, Hawaii with his wife Johanna, and their daughter Shanti.
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- Barnhart, Sky (September 8–14, 2005). "The Sweet Line,". Maui Weekly (Kihei, HI) IX (36): 7.
- Paul Janes-Brown (January 30, 2013). Spar Street - The Power of Art (Video). Haiku, Hawaii: Spar International Art.
- Goldman, Rita (2006). "Street Signs on the Road to Peace". Art Guide Maui (Makawao, Hawaii: KM Publishing): 130.
- "Mr. Jonathan Granoff, Mr. Spar Street, and his painting, "The Gift."". Global Security Institute. May 22, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- DiGennaro, Ralph (Sep–Oct 2007). "Street Wise Vision". Overtime Magazine (OT Magazine, Inc). umn IV (IV): 62–64.
- Hosted by John Assaraf (June 27, 2007). "How I Built a Multi-Million Dollar Art Business Based on Friendship". One Coach. http://www.johnassaraf.com/resources/spar_street_how_i_built_a_multi_million_dollar_art_business_based_on_friendship.mp3.