Description Our world is a treasure trove of beautiful and unique life forms. The still life is the artists opportunity to revel in natures bounty. In this still life, the open cotton boll displays the raw softness of the plant that has been harvested for centuries. The Indus Valley civilization (India) started cultivating cotton around 2500 BCE. The ancient greek historian, Herodotus, describes Indian cotton 'as a wool exceeding in beauty and goodness that of sheep'. The origins of bamboo, also date back for many centuries. It is thought to have originated in China, where the first use of bamboo to make everyday items was recorded. Bamboo is technically a grass. Endowed with beauty, strength, and flexibility, Bamboo is an excellent resource for architecture, tools, and home furnishings. To the Chinese people, bamboo is a symbol of virtue. The art of bamboo painting continues to be a rewarding challenge for artists. In this still life, each element contributes meaning; the cotton branch and bolls, the vase, the flora, the pheasant feathers, and the bamboo share a unique relationship of color, texture, form and symbolism.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries.
About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
- Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)
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