Color and Space
Fred Spratt's paintings are studies of intensity, flatness, saturation,
and hue. His largely monochromatic square and rectangular works respond
to Minimalism, an extreme form of non-representational art that emerged
in the late 1960s. Using colors ranging from vibrant orange to muted
grey, Spratt investigates the properties of his materials demonstrating
the endless invention possible with limited means. Viewed as a whole,
his paintings create a scintillating interaction of color and space.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1927, Spratt launched his career as a member of San Jose State University's Art Department faculty in 1956, where he served as Professor of Art, Department Chairman, and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and the Arts. In 1993, he opened the Frederick Spratt Gallery on South First Street, a venue that served as a cultural touchstone for more than a decade.