The painting is taken from a memory of my years in the seminary. I spent a few days in the infirmary and never have felt the same solace as I did there. It was quiet, clean, and very comfortable. I had a slight case of pneumonia. I was seen twice a day except for meals. the rest of the time was for pure unadulterated rest.The smell of the leather was as comforting as the quiet. It warmed the skin like a person's embrace.
Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media's physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism.
His work is a reflection of...
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