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Daniel Sprick

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Daniel Sprick was born 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the Ramon Froman School of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York City, as well as the University of Northern Colorado where he received his BA in 1978.

Daniel Spricks life long love of drawing and technical mastery of painting began with his fascination of drawing at the age of four.   Well educated in the pictorial tradition of art history, Sprick’s influences reach back to Northern European masters such as Robert Campin and Roger van de Weyden admiring their ability to render a convincing look at invisible realms and otherworldly occurrences. Sprick effortlessly combines the archaic qualities of these early painters with elements of modern culture to create tangible yet surreal visions. Although Sprick is dedicated to the scrupulous representation of mundane objects he finds much to be revealed in the notions of the still-life and interior.  Sprick’s ultra realistic renderings encompass a sort of cosmic vision; as he paints inhabited, though very quiet, interiors infused with a baroque sense of light.  He plays with the tensions between conventional versus experimental, inside and outside, solidity and erosion, and the literal opposed to the surreal; thus, Daniel Sprick’s paintings maintain and develop old dialogues pertaining to art, life and the appearance of reality.  Although, Sprick uses traditional techniques his ideas are completely contemporary, as he creates scenarios filled with subtle irony.  Intrigued by the surroundings of his studio Sprick doesn’t need to travel far to find his painting muse; he seeks signs of transcendence in the everyday experience.

Daniel Sprick has been exhibiting his work throughout the country from New York to California including the San Francisco International Art Expo. Currently, Sprick's works can be found in the collections of the Williamsburg College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA; the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, and at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.


1973 AA-Mesa College, Grand Junction, CO. Ramon Froman School of Art
1976 National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1978 BA-University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO


Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
The Evansville Museum of Art and Science, Evansville, IN
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
State of Colorado, State Capitol Building, Denver, CO
The Denver Post, Denver, CO
Holmes, Robert and Owens, Denver, CO
Montgomery, Little, Young, Campbell and McGrew, PC., Englewood, CO
North American Equities, Denver, CO
U.S. West Communications, Denver, CO
United States Court of Appeals, Byron White Courthouse, Denver, CO
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA


2008 Gallery 1261, Denver, CO

2007 Arcadia Fine Arts, NY, NY

2003 Mariani Gallery University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, CO

2002 Evansville Museum of Art & Science, Evansville, IN

2001 Merrill-Johnson Gallery of Fine Art, Denver, CO

1999 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (brochure)

1998 The Merrill Gallery, Denver, CO (catalogue)

1996 Barney Wycoff Gallery, Aspen, CO

1995 The Gerald Wunderlich Gallery, New York, NY

1994 Carol Siple Gallery, Denver, CO

1993 Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN

1992 Louis Newman Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1991 Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

1990 Bishop Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (drawings)
1990 Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, Glenwood Springs, CO

1989 Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)
1989 Mariani Gallery University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, CO

1987 “Contemporary Realism-Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings,” Clara Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO and The Art Center at Appalshop, Inc., Whitesburg, KY (catalogue)

1980 Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD

1978 Students Center Gallery, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO


2010 Naked Group Show, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Crow Moon, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003 "Fifth Annual Realism Invitational" Jenkins Johnson Gallery - San Francisco, CA
2003 Salon d'Arts, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
2003 Foothills Art Center's 35th Anniversary Exhibition
2003 "Magic Realism" Sangre De Cristo Center for the Arts

2002-2003 San Fancisco International Art Exposition

2001 The Art of Illusion, LA County Fair, Millard Sheets Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)
2001 Representing Representation, The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (catalogue)
2000-01 Group Exhibition, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 Realism Today, Taos Art Museum, Taos, NM

1999-02 Realism Invitational, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, DA
1999 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Drawing Exhibition (catalogue)
1999 Trompe’oeil, Art & Illusion John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

1996 Realism ’96, Fletcher Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1994 Contemporary Realism, Gerold Wunderlich & Co., New York, NY (brochure)
1994 Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

1993-99 Governor’s Invitational, Loveland, CO
1993 Contemporary Realists, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1993 Contemporary Self Portraits from the James Goode Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1993 Still Life: 1963-1993, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1991-92 American Still Life Paintings, Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN
1992 Two person exhibition: Daniel Sprick and Mark Daily, Carol Siple Gallery, Denver, CO (catalogue)

1990 Colorado 1990, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1989-90 Love and Charity: The Tradition of Caritas in Contemporary Painting, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY; traveled to Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY; The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; Roland Gibson Gallery; SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY.
1989-90 Trains and Planes” The Influence of Locomotion in American Painting, Sherry French Gallery , New York, NY; traveled to Arts in the Academy, The National Academy of Sciences., Washington, DC; Roberson Museum Science Center, Binghamton, NY: Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, Evansville, IN
1989 Colorado Artists at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
1989 The Food Show, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY
Revelation and Devotion: The Spirit of Religion in contemporary Art, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY: traveled to Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA; Art Gallery at Gustavas Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN; Valparaiso University Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1988 Collector’s Show, The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

1987-2000 Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
1987-88 Contemporary Realism, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York
Art for the Parks, National Park Academy of the Arts, Jackson Hole, WY; traveled to Smithsonian Institution, Great Hall, Washington, DC.
1987-89 The Tradition of Vanitas in Contemporary Painting, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY; traveled to Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, Ct; The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; University of Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA: Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY.

1986 Art USA, Western Colorado Center for the Fine Arts, Grand Junction, CO

1985 American Artists National Competition, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY
Artists of the West, Pioneers’ Museum Show, Colorado Springs, CO (catalogue)

1984 Gallery Group Show, Carson-Siple Gallery, Denver, CO

1982 Colorado Oil Painting, Foothills Fie Arts Center, Golden, CO
Annual Exhibition 69,70, Allied Artists of American, Inc. National Arts Club, New York, NY. Allied Artists of America Gold Medal recipient


McConnellogue, Kieran, “Portrait of the Artist as a Craftsman,” University of Northern Colorado, Spectrum Magazine, December, 2001

Daley Ann Scarlett , “Like Flying,” The American Spectator, May 2001.
Spears, Dorothy, “A Still Life,” American Artist, April 2001

Gangleholf, Bonnie, “The Nature of Beauty,” Southwest Art, May 1999

Rosen, Steven, “Artistry: Paintings Ring of Surrealism,” Denver Post, March 31, 1994

Hill, Hart, “Real Still Life,” Westward, March 23-29, 1994

Coronel, Michael and Patricia, “Daniel Sprick: Reflective Realism,” Art Space, November-December 1989

Pontello, Jacqueline, “Daniel Sprick,” Southwest Art, May 1987

Eicher-Dixon, Peter, “Daniel Sprick,”American Artist, August, 1987

Douslin, P.A., “Daniel Sprick,” Art Gallery International, November-December, 1986.










Recent Exhibits

Daniel Sprick participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2015 Compelling Portraits
EVOKE Contemporary
May, 2015 M O N O C H R O M A T I C
EVOKE Contemporary
Nov, 2014 Solo Exhibition
EVOKE Contemporary
Jun, 2014 Fictions: Recent Works
Denver Art Museum
Mar, 2014 THE(UN)FAIR Art Show
Aug, 2012 Contemporary Still Life Invitational Exhibit
Spartanburg Art Museum
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