Description 'Le Prometteur' is an high-quality reproduction of an original acrylic on canvas work that I completed in 2006. Modeled after the beautiful face of a woman found in a mid-Victorian era photograph, 'Le Prometteur' ( French translation of 'The Promise') focuses on issues of love, devotion and memory. The young woman contemplates an important promise that either she has made to another, that was made to her, or perhaps that she has even made to herself. The fading words from an aging letter float about her representative of memories and deep thought. Dripping paint represents the mysteriousness of the unknown future and consequences of both keeping the promise, or not.
Michael Sprouse, Washington, DC Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement Though artist Michael Sprouse has been a professional artist for over 20 years, he began his foray onto the national art scene after becoming co-owner and curator of the acclaimed eklektikos gallery of art in Washington, DC in 1993. Over the next 10 years as curator of eklektikos gallery, he organized hundreds of exhibits incorporating thousands of artworks from countless artists from across the nation and the globe. He also served as curator for off-site exhibitions for several embassies and various art organizations in the DC Metro area.
In 1999, Sprouse turned away from the abstracted style of work that he had been known for locally and produced an entirely new body of work consisting of haunting and touching contemporary narrative portraits which he modeled after the empyrean facial expressions found in the subjects of vintage portrait photography. This new work took the DC art scene by storm and lead to a full page glowing review in the Washington Post Arts section.
Since closing eklektikos gallery in 2002, Sprouse has worked full-time creating his specialized work which can now be found in private and public collections across the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. These neo-romantacisim examples of some of Sprouse's work have been called "evocatively beautiful" and "mesmerizing" by art critics and collectors alike in such publications as The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Baltimore Sun, Art and Antiques, and many more.
Some collectors of Sprouse’s work include Best Selling author David Lozell Martin, Progressive Talk Radio personality Randi Rhodes, Daniel H. Schulman - President of Priceline.com, Academy Award winning director Quentin Tarantino, and César Gaviria Trujillo - former President of Colombia and Secretary General of the Organization of American Sates.
Original works by artist Michael Sprouse can be found in private and corporate art collections across the United States, Europe, Canada and South America.
Sprouse is represented by fine art galleries high-end interior design studios across the United States.