Description Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. - Albert Schweitzer Born Jan 14, 1875 died September 5, 1965. Albert Schweitzer, OM was a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy expressed in his book, 'Reverence for Life'. Despite his heroic work in Africa and the thousands of sick and suffering Africans he served, Schweitzer believed his most significant contribution to the world was his painstaking attempt to live by his personal philosophy embodied in Reverence for Life. Schweitzer was colonialism's harshest critics. 'I will not enumerate all the crimes that have been committed under the pretext of justice. Think of the atrocities that were perpetrated upon people made subservient to us, how systematically we have ruined them with our alcoholic 'gifts', and everything else we have done... We decimate them, and then, by the stroke of a pen, we take their land so they have nothing left at all...' 'I am life which wills to live, and I exist in the midst of life which wills to live.' In nature one form of life must always prey upon another. However, human consciousness holds an awareness of, and sympathy for, the will of other beings to live. An ethical human strives to escape from this contradiction so far as possible.' In contemplation of the will-to-life, respect for the life of others becomes the highest principle and the defining purpose of humanity according to Schweitzer. Such was the hypothesis which he sought to put into practice in his own life. His example lives on in the lives of many. -Spadecaller
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)
All Spadecaller artworks are original creations by Matt Schwarz. Gallery prints and canvases are fulfilled by Imagekind. If you have questions please contact Imagekind; however if you have any concerns, please contact Matt Schwartz, as well. He can look into matters to get answers for you. We want to make sure your experience purchasing Spadecaller art prints will be positive and successful. For inquiries, please contact the artist at: email@example.com