Spar Street

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Spar Street
Spar Street with his sculpture "Ecstatic Union".png
Spar Street at gallery opening with his sculpture "Ecstatic Union"
Born (1963-04-27) April 27, 1963 (age 54)
Park City, Utah

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 skier and entrepreneur. He is best known for his work with the Nobel Foundation and the United Nations. [1]

Personal life[edit]

Street was born in Park City, Utah on April 27, 1963, the eldest of four children, to Richard and Shera Street. Street moved to Palo Alto, California when his parents divorced in 1965. He 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, Street’s mother was told by a child psychologist that her son would never amount to nothing because of his perceived disability. During that time, Street turned to art as a form of therapy. “I couldn’t do homework, but I could do art,” he has said.

Street currently resides in Maui, Hawaii with his wife Johanna, and their daughter Shanti.

Artwork[edit]

Style[edit]

Street combines abstraction, impressionism, and realism into his works on canvas. His multimedia works notably evoke feelings of energy, warmth, sensuality, power, and beauty, and revolve around mostly spiritual themes.[2][peacock term] Street also 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."

Process[edit]

Street has been known to be 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 make up a majority of Street’s work, and are viewed as a co-creative process. He begins with a lengthy personal interview process in order to uncover the client’s values and challenges.[3]“What comes out is usually some form of love and exhilaration,” he says. He listens to recordings of the interviews while creating the personalized pieces. This process takes six months or more, as the goal is to deliver a piece that “personally lends inspiration for living life to one’s highest aspirations.”

Art for Peace[edit]

In 1999, the United Nations installed Street’s “Lift of Freedom” in their UNESCO board room in New York City.

In 2001, Street created his sculpture “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.[4]

In 2005, the UN, along with the Global Security Institute, awarded Ted Turner the Alan Cranston Peace Award in honor of his $1 billion donation to the UN and other peace-promoting organizations. The UN commissioned Street to create a piece for Turner to commemorate the event. The resulting painting, “The Gift”, was presented in an event hosted by the Global Security Institute at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Recently, Street was commissioned once again by the UN to create a sculpture, this time to be used for UN Women's Agent of Change Award. The first three of these awards were presented in 2016 to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President of the Republic of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, and First Lady of the United Nations Ban Soon-taek.[4]

Collectors[edit]

Street’s paintings are in the private collections of The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, 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, Virgin Atlantic, Federal Express, The Royal Bank of Canada, and the United Nations.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matcovsky, Samantha (December 8, 2016). "Spar Street: Creating Art with a Purpose When We Need It Most". Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ a b Zinderman, Carly (December 8, 2016). "Interview: Creating Meaningful Sculptures with Award-Winning Artist Spar Street". JustLuxe.com. 
  3. ^ Miceli, Alessandra (December 8, 2016). "Art With Heart – Spar Street". DolceMag.com. 
  4. ^ a b Ritter, Jana (February 14, 2017). "Interview: Artist Spar Street brings his celebrated work to Colorado". AXS.