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"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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"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

"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

"Which Side of the Wall?"

"Which Side of the Wall?", 1996, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 5 3/8 x 11 1/2 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1996
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
5 3/8 x 11 1/2 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, landscape, stone, wall, hills, field

"She Knew It Long Ago (detail)"

"She Knew It Long Ago" (detail), 1995, Acrylics on Canvas, by David Jay Spyker

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1995
Acrylic on Canvas
Full Painting Measures 35 x 35 in.
Private Collection: Portage, Michigan

, art, painting, megaliths, stones, rocks, woman, sunset, solitude, solitary, alone

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