1994-2000

"Out of the Mist"

"Out of the Mist", 1999, Acrylics on Hardboard, 5 3/8 x 7 5/16 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Hardboard
5 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.
Private Collection: Carmel, California

, art, painting, islands, trees, mist, fog, water, sea

"The Place"

"The Place", 1999, Acrylics on Hardboard, 5 3/16 x 2 3/4 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Hardboard
5 3/16 x 2 3/4 in.
Private Collection: Kalamazoo, Michigan

, art, painting, sky, night, stars, trees, landscape

"Progress for All…"

"Progress for All...", 1999, Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 16 x 13 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas
Mounted on Hardboard
16 x 13 in.

art, painting, surrealism, acrylics, dead, tree, bird house, bricks, chimney, smoke stack

"Progress for All...", 1999, Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, Detail, by David Jay Spyker

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"The Stone"

"The Stone", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 9 1/2 x 8 3/8 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
9 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.

, art, painting, landscape, rock, stone, mist, fog, field

"To Climb Out"

"To Climb Out", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas, 9 x 20 1/2 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas
9 x 20 1/2 in.
Private Collection: Saugatuck, Michigan

, art, painting, waterfalls, ladder, water, sea, lake

"Until There Is Nothing Left"

"Until There Is Nothing Left", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 7 x 7 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
8 x 13 in.

art, painting, desert, wrecking ball

"Building Empires"

"Building Empires", 1998, Acrylics on Canvas, 34 x 40 in., by David Jay Spyker

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“David Jay Spyker’s ‘Building Empires’, which won the second place prize, is a meticulously detailed image rendered with a quasi-Renaisannce style and palette. The viewer looks through a crumbling window, the ledge of which swarms with bugs and fruit. In the distance is a timeless city on the water’s edge, below an oddly menacing sunset. It’s a strong allegorical painting that, unlike straightforward realism, mystifies more than it clarifies.”

– Amy Sult, from an exhibition review published on Sunday, April 4, 1999 in the Kalamazoo Gazette

1998
Acrylic on Canvas
34 x 40 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

award, art, painting, ruins, dusk, twilight, pomegranates, ants, windows, landscape, shore, water, bay, mortality, history, civilization

2nd Place Award, 1999, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts; Three Rivers, Michigan

4th Place Award, 1999, 20th Michigan Artists’ Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Michigan

 

"Building Empires" (detail), 1998, Acrylics on Canvas, 34 x 40 in., by David Jay Spyker

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"The City"

"The City", 1998, Acrylics on Canvas, 15 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1998
Acrylic on Canvas
15 x 12 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

award, art, painting, trees, landscape

Award of Merit, 2000, The Holland Friends of Art 37th Exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council; Holland, Michigan

"A Distant Empire"

"A Distant Empire", 1998, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1998
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
4 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.
Private Collection: Menlo Park, California

, art, painting, ruins, islands, water, window, history, civilization

"The Haven (In Memory of Martin Maddox, 1954-1997)"

"The Haven (In Memory of Martin Maddox, 1954-1997)", 1998, Acrylics on Panel, 24 x 36 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1998
Acrylic on Panel
24 x 36 in.
Collection of the South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana

award, art, painting, tornadoes, field, storms, fence, house, wind, mortality, death, remembrance, memory, museum, collection

2nd Place Award, 1998, 19th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek; Battle Creek, Michigan

“Particularly impressive is ‘The Haven’, a piece that employs the most severe of Midwestern weather phenomena as allegory. The piece was painted in response to the passing of Spyker’s friend and mentor, Martin Maddox. It shows a simple farmhouse, windows lit but shades drawn. Its white clapboard seem to glow in the dark scenery, and it’s anchored in a field with grass that swirls like waves beneath a boiling, menacing sky that is spouting twin tornadoes. It’s hard to decide whether the occupants of the house are truly in a state of guarded safety or if the shades are drawn in a state of obliviousness to the impending danger, an uncertainty that adds an extra air of mystery and edginess to a compelling painting.”– Amy Sult, from “Regional flavor prevails in Carnegie Center competition”,
published on Sunday, April 12, 1998 in the Kalamazoo Gazette

"The Haven (In Memory of Martin Maddox, 1954-1997)" (detail), 1998, Acrylics on Panel, 24 x 36 in., by David Jay Spyker

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Martin Maddox Website

"Over the Ridge"

"Over the Ridge", 1998, Acrylics on Hardboard, 2 3/32 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1998
Acrylic on Hardboard
2 3/32 x 10 in.
Private Collection: Plainwell, Michigan

, art, painting, landscape, dusk, dawn, twilight, hills

"The View Remains"

"The View Remains", 1998, Acrylics on Panel, 3 27/32 x 3 1/2 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1998
Acrylic on Panel
3 27/32 x 3 1/2 in.
Private Collection: Glenn, Michigan

, art, painting, landscape, dusk, dawn, twilight, shore, river, marsh, hills

"A Light Against the Dark"

"A Light Against the Dark", 1997, Acrylics on Canvas, 30 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1997
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 12 in.
Collection of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, Michigan

, art, painting, desert, doorway, surreal, candle, forest, path, sunset, dusk "A Light Against the Dark" (detail), 1997, Acrylics on Canvas, 30 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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"The Artifact (A Natural History)"

"The Artifact (A Natural History)", 1997, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 9 3/8 x 8 5/16 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1997
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
9 3/8 x 8 5/16 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, tree, fall, autumn, leaves, still life, marble, wall, alcove, niche

"Hope"

"Hope", 1997, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 6 23/32 x 3 3/4 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1997
Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
6 23/32 x 3 3/4 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, tree, desert, sunset, dusk, landscape

“Hope is a waking dream.”

– Aristotle

"The Cycle"

"The Cycle", 1996, Acrylics on Egg Shell, Image c. 2 x 1/2 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Egg Shell
Image c. 2 x 1/2 in. in.
Collection of the Artist

, art, painting, egg, life, old, age, landscape, man, walking, cane, mortality, death, cycle of life

"The Dance"

"The Dance", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 11 1/4 x 5 7/16 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
11 1/4 x 5 7/16 in.
Private Collection: Kalamazoo, Michigan

art, painting, candle, moth, flame, fire, still life, mortality, death, cycle of life

"The Dying Light"

"The Dying Light", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Panel, 3 3/16 x 1 3/4 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Panel
3 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.
Private Collection: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

, art, painting, candle, ruins

"Fear, Courage, Sanctuary"

"Fear, Courage, Sanctuary", 1996, Acrylics on Panel, 12 x 9 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Panel
12 x 9 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, tornado, tornadoes, landscape, bird, house, ladder, storms, trees, wind

"The Final Harvest"

"The Final Harvest", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas, 20x20 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas
20 x 20 in.
Private Collection: Gobles, Michigan

award, art, painting, interior, hallway, hall, ladder, grape, vine, doors, doorway, death

2nd Place Award, 1996, Paw Paw Art Association Area Show; Paw Paw, Michigan (Juror: Martha Mayer-Erlebacher, Artist)

"I Pray for Rain"

"I Pray for Rain", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas, 44 x 22 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas
44 x 22 in.
Collection of the Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, Michigan

award, art, painting, fire, burning, house, island, boat, rowboat, boat, bucket, night, museum, collection

Best of Show Award, 1997, 10th Michigan Art Competition, Holland Area Arts Council; Holland, Michigan (Juror: Jerry Peart)

2nd Place Award, 1998, 19th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek; Battle Creek, Michigan (Juror: Tim Lowly)

“I Pray for Rain and The Haven are two of the most powerful pieces to be included in the show. They are haunting, violent pieces that very effectively convey a sense of despairing loss and destruction. The viewer will find himself unable to look away from these highly charged and emotional pieces.”– Roxanne Barry,
from “Artist’s Competition shouldn’t be missed”,
published Sunday, July 19, 1998; Battle Creek Enquirer

"I Pray for Rain", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas, (detail), by David Jay Spyker

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"The Parlor"

"The Parlor", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Panel, Nylon Monofilament, and Steel Skeleton Key in a Custom Shadow Box, 14 x 10 in. overall, by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Panel, Nylon Monofilament, and Skeleton Steel Key in a Custom Shadow Box
14 x 10 in. overall
Private Collection: Portage, Michigan

award, art, painting, spider, web, hanging, still life, key, mixed media

Award of Merit, 1997, 18th Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek; Battle Creek, Michigan (Juror: Julia Muney Moore, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Services, Indianapolis Art Center)

Center Piece: Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Panel
5 1/8 x 2 1/8 in.

“Will you step into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly;
“’Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy.
The way into my parlor is up a winding stair,
And I have many pretty things to show when you are there.”
“O no, no,” said the little fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can ne’er come down again.”

– from “The Spider and the Fly”, by Mary Howitt

"The Parlor", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Panel (detail), by David Jay Spyker

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