Storms

"Power Imbalance"

"Power Imbalance", 2014, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 20 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2014
Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20 in.

Juror Award
, 2016, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts; Three Rivers, Michigan

art, painting, acrylic, water, waves, sea, seascape, ocean, lake

"Rolling In"

"Rolling In", 2012, Acrylics on Hardboard, 5 x 7 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2012
Acrylic on Hardboard
5 x 7 in.
Private Collection: Beverly Hills, Michigan

art, painting, beach, sand, shore, landscape, lake, seascape

"Breaking"

"Breaking", 2010, Acrylics on Paper Mounted on Hardboard, 9 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2010
Acrylic on Paper Mounted on Hardboard
12 x 9 in.

art, painting, clouds, sky, storm

"The End of June"

"The End of June", 2010, Watercolor/Drybrush on Paper, 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2010
Watercolor and Drybrush on Paper (Arches 300 lb. Cold Pressed)
12 1/8 x 16 1/8 in.

art, painting, water, lake, storm, waves, rain, sea

Study for the painting “Running

"Offshore Lightning"

"Offshore Lightning", 2010, Charcoal and White Conte on Toned Paper, 9 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2010
Charcoal and White Conté on Toned Paper
9 x 12 in.

art, painting, water, lake, waves, rain, storm, lightning

Study for the painting “Running

"Rain Storm Off South Haven"

"Rain Storm Off South Haven", 2010, Acrylics on Canvas, 5 x 7 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2010
Acrylic on Canvas
5 x 7 in.

art, painting, lake michigan, shore, water, waves, surf, dusk, sunset

"Running"

"Running", 2010, Acrylics on Canvas, 18 x 24 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2010
Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 24 in.

art, painting, water, lake, storm, sea, rain, sailboat

"Approaching Storm (A Landscape Study)"

"Approaching Storm (A Landscape Study)", 2009, Acrylics on Canvas, 7 x 9 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2009
Acrylic on Canvas
7 x 9 in.
Private Collection: Ceresco, Michigan

art, painting, rain, clouds, distant hills, grass, grassy field

"Fenceline"

"Fenceline", 2005, Acrylics on Hardboard, 5 x 7 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2005
Acrylic on Hardboard
5 x 7 in.
Private Collection: Holland, MI

, art, painting, winter, snow, solitary figure, field

"Asylum (The Refugee)"

"Asylum (The Refugee)", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 10 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
10 x 12 in.
Private Collection: Highland, Indiana

, art, painting, boats, rowboats, row, oars, lightning, rain, storms, water, seascapes, ripples

"Heartland (Prospecting for Gold)"

"Heartland (Prospecting for Gold)", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas, 32 x 48 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas
32 x 48 in.
Corporate Collection: Pfizer

award, art, painting, canoes, boats, wheat, field, storms, rain, lightning, telescope, landscape, figures, man, standing

Pharmacia Corporation Purchase Award, 2000, Michigan Artist’s Competition, Art Center of Battle Creek;
Battle Creek, Michigan

"Heartland (Prospecting for Gold)" (detail), 2000, Acrylics on Canvas, 32 x 48 in., by David Jay Spyker

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"On the Walk Home"

"On the Walk Home", 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 10 x 13 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Hardboard
10 x 13 in.
Collection of the Artist

award, art, painting, landscape, man, tornado, walking, path, field, hills, storms, solitary, alone, solitude

1st Place Award, 2001, Regional Fine Arts Competition, Carnegie Center for the Arts; Three Rivers, Michigan

"The Return"

"The Return", 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 7 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Hardboard
7 x 10 in.
Collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

art, painting, boats, rowboat, rain, storm, dock, shore, beach, woman, figures, water, island, museum, collection

Companion painting to “The Retreat“, 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 7 x 10 in., Private Collection: Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“It is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart and mind to mind,
In body and in soul can bind.”
-The Lay of the Last MinstrelSir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

"The Return" (detail 1), 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 7 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

"The Return" (detail 2), 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 7 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

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"Tuesday (May 13, 1980)"

"Tuesday (May 13, 1980)", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas, 12 x 20 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas
12 x 20 in.

, art, painting, tornado, tornadoes, houses, storm, landscape, sky, field

"Moving Day"

"Moving Day", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas, 30 x 42 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 42 in.
Private Collection: Chicago, Illinois

, art, painting, houses, flying, tornadoes, storms, landscape

"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

"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

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