Michael Crespo's work is immediately recognizable: fish, animals, fruit, flowers float mysteriously in deep black backgrounds. Like an idol spotlit in a darkened chapel, Crespo heightened the importance of common images in his very realistically painted works. Taking cues from Italian Renaissance paintings and from Jungian understandings, he plumbed his dreams to create haunting and spiritual artworks.
Whether a commanding, majestic buck, a soaring great egret or a lone glistening tarpon, Crespo eloquently rendered the vulnerability of nature. In a brief moment with a reverent eye, he captured animals with an aura of graceful strength and power. His work evokes the universal connection between man and animal: drawing viewers back to the basest connections all humans have toward the natural world.