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Spar Street is an award-winning artist who has created artworks for royalty, business leaders, heads of state, multi-national corporations, global peace organizations, spiritual teachers, best-selling authors, and celebrities. He specializes in painting large canvases in mixed media with a high emphasis on sensuality, color and movement.[1] Before becoming a successful artist, Street excelled as a world-class ski champion and entrepreneur. Now driven to promote peace, Street uses his art to invoke the highest aspirations of his commission clients and their organizations. Iconic pieces include "Lift of Freedom" in the UNESCO boardroom of the United Nations, New York and the "Heart of Peace" sculpture to be erected in 100 some parks around the world as part of World Peace One.

Early life[edit]

Street was born in Park City, Utah on April 27th 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. [Dig 1]

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 "he 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 since overcome his childhood dyslexia and credits his confidence, in part, to the experience of overcoming that challenge.



Street declares, "My purpose is to inspire and to empower people; to share the triumph of the human spirit in my work." And says that – for him – triumph occurs "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 want.' But when you look at art or listen to music or experience moments of intimacy, all that falls away." [B]

"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." [Dig 1]


Street's work exudes movement and intensity. There is discernible rhythm and sensuality that informs his decidedly contemporary abstract and representation paintings. [2]

The passion of living and the boundless capacity of the heart to love are the continuing explorations of Spar's work. [sargent's gallery]

Street is an artist who deftly combines abstract, impressionism and realism into a single canvas, employing explosions of color and eclectic brushwork. His multimedia images invariably invoke energy, warmth, sensuality, power and beauty, all filtered through Street’s palpable emotional and spiritual sensibilities.[3]


Street is most interested in creating paintings 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."[4]

Although some artists feel constrained by commissions, for Street these pieces are a welcome "co-creative process." 80% of what he creates is commissioned work. He begins by understanding his patrons' passions and challenges by way of a lengthy personal interview process.[5] "What comes out is usually some form of love and exhilaration," Street says.[6]

He then meditates on what is uncovered, listening again and again to his clients' most essential truths while creating their artwork. The goal is to deliver a piece "that personally lends inspiration for living life to one's highest aspirations."[7]


"Art has tremendous power," Street declares. "It is meant to uplift and inspire, to empower people to have clarity of mind and heart."[8]

In 2005, the United Nations presented him with an Image of Peace Award and a commission.[9] The United Nations had awarded Ted Turner the Alan Cranston Peace Award in honor of Turner’s $1 billion donation to the U.N. and other peace-promoting organizations.[10] The U.N. commissioned Street to create a piece for Turner to commemorate the event.[11]

The resulting painting, "The Gift," was presented in a special event hosted by the Global Security Institute at U.N. Headquarters in New York.[12] In attendance were Street, his wife Johanna, Mikhail Gorbachev, Kim Campbell, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, among many others.[13]


Before he became an internationally acclaimed artist, the Park City-born 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.[14]

Background as a world-class athlete has offered Street the platform and perspective for relating with the likes of Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky and Trevor Linden, all of whom have commissioned his paintings.[15]


Street's paintings are in the collections of Andre Agassi, Eckhart Tolle, Sir Richard Branson, Wayne Gretzky, Dr. Jane Goodall, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, to name a few. Additionally, his work is in corporate and institutional collections of Nike Corporation, Seagram's, Virgin Atlantic, Federal Express, The Royal Bank of Canada, and The United Nations.[16]

Personal life[edit]

 He currently resides in Maui, Hawaii with his wife Johanna, and their daughter Shanti.[17]


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