DescriptionAmong the best known logos around the world are the major brands of soda, Pepsi and Coke. With all the hunger and impoverishment that exists, it seems ironic that one would find an old soda advertisement smacked against a wall - even in many of the most remote outposts imaginable. In my travels, I saw this ancient soda cap posted against a grungy wall of a rural gas station; and then two children dressed in rags approached me to beg for some spare change. As I drove off, I saw them passing back and forth a can of Pepsi.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.