Seascapes, Lakescapes, and Water

"Waiting for the Light"

"Waiting for the Light", 2001, Acrylics on Canvas, 37 x 48 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2001
Acrylic on Canvas
14 x 10 in. overall
Private Collection: Saugatuck, Michigan

, art, painting, landscape, sea, woman, figure, beach, rocks, torch, fire, dawn, morning, shore, water, islands, solitary, solitude, alone

Limited edition prints of this painting are available. Contact the artist for details.

"Waiting for the Light" (detail), 2001, Acrylics on Canvas, by David Jay Spyker

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"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

"The Curator’s Choice"

"The Curator's Choice", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 7 x 9 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
7 x 9 in.
Private Collection: Dexter, Michigan

, art, painting, landscape, man, river, building, night, shore, water, figure, solitary, solitude, alone

"The Garden"

"The Garden", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas, 16 x 13 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 13 in.
Private Collection: Unknown Collector

, art, painting, islands, apples, tree, mist, fog, water, lake, clouds

"Into the Gloaming"

"Into the Gloaming", 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 8 x 10 in. by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Hardboard
8 x 10 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, boats, rowboat, row, robed, death, mist, fog, water, shore, landscapes, afterlife

"The Parting"

"The Parting", 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: Chicago, Illinois

, art, painting, landscape, water, sea, lake, mist, fog, sunset

"The Retreat"

"The Retreat", 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 6 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Hardboard
6 x 10 in.
Private Collection: Grand Rapids, Michigan

, art, painting, boats, islands, rowboat, mist, fog, water, seascape, solitary, solitude, alone

Companion painting to “The Return“, 2000, Acrylics on Hardboard, 7 x 10 in., which is in the public collection of the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, 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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"Waiting for the Tide"

"Waiting for the Tide", 2000, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 12 x 10 in., by David Jay Spyker

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2000
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
12 x 10 in.
Private Collection: Saugatuck, Michigan

, art, painting, sea, shore, figure, cloaked, robed, night, clouds, water, solitary, solitude, alone

"The Cathedral"

"The Cathedral", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 6 x 7 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
6 x 7 in.
Private Collection: Boston, Massachusetts

, art, painting, church, building, river, shore, landscape, hills, water, shore, clouds

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.

– Kahlil Gibran

"A House on the Water"

"A House on the Water", 1999, Acrylics on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard, 7 x 9 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1999
Acrylic on Canvas Mounted on Hardboard
7 x 9 in.
Private Collection: Glenn, Michigan

, art, painting, house, dusk, twilight, dawn, sea, lake

"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

"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

"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 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

"The Isle of the Dead"

"The Isle of the Dead", 1997, Acrylics on Panel, 12 x 12 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1997
Acrylic on Panel
12 x 12 in.
Private Collection: Holland, Michigan

, art, painting, islands, boats, rowboat, calla lily, flower, water, mist, fog, solitary, solitude, figure, sea

"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 Key to the Hole in the Sky"

"The Key to the Hole in the Sky", 1995, Acrylics on Stone, c. 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in., by David Jay Spyker

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1995
Acrylic on Stone
c. 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
Collection of the Artist

, art, painting, stone, keyhole, sea, waves, water

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