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.
Absolution
Absolution

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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Absolution
Absolution
Movement At Night
Movement At Night
Trout Ascending
Trout Ascending
The Sky Is Red
The Sky Is Red
Release
Release
Meadow
Meadow
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Waterlily
Waterlily
Adagietto
Adagietto
The Gift
The Gift
Untitled (Two Blackbirds)
Untitled (Two Blackbirds)
Jane The Ewe
Jane The Ewe
Untitled (Oranges)
Untitled (Oranges)
Untitled (Full Moon)
Untitled (Full Moon)
Baying The Rose
Baying The Rose
Untitled (Full Sun)
Untitled (Full Sun)
Untitled (Blue Pelican)
Untitled (Blue Pelican)
Mansion Of The Moon
Mansion Of The Moon
The Twin
The Twin
Untitled (Swordfish)
Untitled (Swordfish)
Untitled (Egret)
Untitled (Egret)
Untitled (Tuna)
Untitled (Tuna)
Providence
Providence
2 Circles
2 Circles
Acteon
Acteon
Sheep Head (R)
Sheep Head (R)
Absolution
Absolution
oil on panel with lead, 18.25x24
1991
Movement At Night
Movement At Night
oil on panel, 42x96
1996
Trout Ascending
Trout Ascending
oil on panel with lead, 18x21
1997
The Sky Is Red
The Sky Is Red
oil and tin on panel, 32x32
1998
Release
Release
oil on linen, 34x34
2002
Meadow
Meadow
oil on linen, 24x34
2002
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
Andrea Palladio's Sparrow
oil on linen, 42x36
2003
Waterlily
Waterlily
oil on linen, 16x12
2004
Adagietto
Adagietto
oil on linen, 42x36
2005
The Gift
The Gift
watercolor on paper, 22.5x29.5
c. 2006
Untitled (Two Blackbirds)
Untitled (Two Blackbirds)
watercolor on paper, 15x22.75
c. 2006
Jane The Ewe
Jane The Ewe
oil on canvas, 14x16
2007
Untitled (Oranges)
Untitled (Oranges)
watercolor on paper, 23x30.25
c. 2007
Untitled (Full Moon)
Untitled (Full Moon)
watercolor on paper, 40.25x26
c. 2007
Baying The Rose
Baying The Rose
watercolor on paper, 40x26
2007
Untitled (Full Sun)
Untitled (Full Sun)
watercolor on paper, 40x25.75
c. 2007
Untitled (Blue Pelican)
Untitled (Blue Pelican)
watercolor on paper, 40.25x26
c. 2007
Mansion Of The Moon
Mansion Of The Moon
watercolor on paper, 40.25x26
2007
The Twin
The Twin
watercolor on paper, 40x26
2007
Untitled (Swordfish)
Untitled (Swordfish)
watercolor on paper, 7.5x11.5
c. 2008
Untitled (Egret)
Untitled (Egret)
watercolor on paper, 7.5x11.25
c. 2008
Untitled (Tuna)
Untitled (Tuna)
watercolor on paper, 7.5x11.25
c. 2008
Providence
Providence
watercolor on paper, 40x26
2009
2 Circles
2 Circles
oil on canvas, 40x60
2010
Acteon
Acteon
oil on canvas, 14x16
2010
Sheep Head (R)
Sheep Head (R)
oil on linen, 20x16
2010