Michael Crespo estate

b. 1947, New Orleans; d. 2010, Baton Rouge, LA
The vocabulary of my motifs slowly expands along my methods of making. There is always revisitation, a review of a subject previously viewed: perhaps in a slightly shifted light, or temperature...in another field of mind, in another act of doing.
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Michael Crespo is recognized for striking representational paintings of fish, animals, fruit and flowers that verge on the autobiographica. Anchored by mysterious deep black backgrounds, these haunting compositions heighten the importance of familiar images while exposing their mystical qualities. Inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings and Jungian theories, Crespo’s dreams informed the imagery for these highly realist depictions of the vulnerability and graceful strength of nature. Crespo’s work re-establishes the universal spiritual connections between man, animal and the natural world.

Michael Crespo was born in New Orleans in 1947 and passed away in Baton Rouge in 2010. He received his MFA degree from the City University of New York and BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He was a leading LSU School of Art faculty member for 40 years, serving as director from 1990-96. He exhibited constantly across the country, and his work is in numerous collections including the Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; J. McIlhenny Collection, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Louisiana Arts & Sciences Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana Division of the Arts, Baton Rouge; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; Rose Family Foundation, Memphis; and the Taco Bell Corporation, San Diego, CA.

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Loss and Innocence
Loss and Innocence
Light
Light
The Sentinel
The Sentinel
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Release
Release
Meadow
Meadow
Baying The Rose
Baying The Rose
Untitled (Full Moon)
Untitled (Full Moon)
Untitled (Full Sun)
Untitled (Full Sun)
Providence
Providence
Jane The Ewe
Jane The Ewe
Movement At Night
Movement At Night
The Sky Is Red
The Sky Is Red
Waterlily
Waterlily
Adagietto
Adagietto
Untitled (Oranges)
Untitled (Oranges)
2 Circles
2 Circles
Acteon
Acteon
Golden Tarpon
Golden Tarpon
Spawn
Spawn
oil on linen, 12x15
2001
Loss and Innocence
Loss and Innocence
oil and tin on panel, 32x32
1996
Light
Light
oil an tin on panel, 14x17
1996
The Sentinel
The Sentinel
oil and tin on panel, 20x28
1997
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
oil on linen, 42x36
2003
Release
Release
oil on linen, 34x34
2002
Meadow
Meadow
oil on linen, 24x34
2002
Baying The Rose
Baying The Rose
watercolor on paper, 40x26
2007
Untitled (Full Moon)
Untitled (Full Moon)
watercolor on paper, 40.25x26
c. 2007
Untitled (Full Sun)
Untitled (Full Sun)
watercolor on paper, 40x25.75
c. 2007
Providence
Providence
watercolor on paper, 40x26
2009
Jane The Ewe
Jane The Ewe
oil on canvas, 14x16
2007
Movement At Night
Movement At Night
oil on panel, 42x96
1996
The Sky Is Red
The Sky Is Red
oil and tin on panel, 32x32
1998
Waterlily
Waterlily
oil on linen, 16x12
2004
Adagietto
Adagietto
oil on linen, 42x36
2005
Untitled (Oranges)
Untitled (Oranges)
watercolor on paper, 23x30.25
c. 2007
2 Circles
2 Circles
oil on canvas, 40x60
2010
Acteon
Acteon
oil on canvas, 14x16
2010
Golden Tarpon
Golden Tarpon
oil on canvas, 68x96
1999

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