|My name is Nathan Spoor,
I was born in 'seventyfour to my wonderful parents who continue to
teach me about the creative process of life. I attended university
at Abilene Christian University (BFA in Painting and Graphic Design,
minor in Drawing / Illustration), and briefly at SCAD (Masters, Painting),
with a stint at the UNT SOVA (Masters, Painting and Drawing), where
I logged mucho studio time as soon as I was thrust upon the challenge
visual communication and of what a "Masters" degree truly
is: a lifetime of study and experimentation, a journey to producing
works of art that speak where words and voices find rare footing.
As soon as I realized this passion for learning how to better communicate
visually, something that can't be easily taught without true life
experience, I dedicated myself to doing just that.
You see, I feel that truly learning any language takes time. Learning
to better harness, sharpen or manipulate a known language and further
its evolution and growth by immersing oneself in it allows the traveler
to better visualize this language of sensual fluidity for posterity
and continuity. And so that is what I have been studying for the last
twenty-nine years - how to better speak this visual language and communicate
to a much larger, often more critical, jaded, intellectually heightened,
enlightened, romantic and empowered audience.
I feel like it's my duty, or my privilege, to share the ability to
give a voice to something that cannot speak. The paintings and I have
long and endlessly entertaining discussions without words that end
up with my interpretation or vision of some feeling or emotion or
story that has just been needing a voice.
It's not an art for the highbrow, or the lowbrow. It's art. It's a
search for a legacy. A place in history. A question of finding that
one great statement that can convert those in need or searching. Conversion?
Certainly, art is almost the next state of "churching".
We make the journeys to large and beautiful structures that hold the
objects of our inspiration or liberation. We whisper so as not to
wake them and constantly seek the next messiah to liberate whatever
state of creation we believe the art world to be in. Yet what most
miss in religion as well as in art is the passion of and for Life
and Love. It's been said that there's a fine line between faith and
stupidity, one just needs to know where they stand.
I share the belief that the greatest art reaches out for you as much
as it invites you in. On whatever level one chooses to appreciate
art, there has to be a place where the viewer and the piece can communicate.
Those who know understand, and those who don't can at least appreciate.