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 Philip J. Spanier  (1926 - )

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Lived/Active: Colorado/Arizona      Known for: surrealism, still life, landscape, cityscape painting

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Biography from Great Western Art Gallery, LLC:
Having three marriages, three children, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren surrounding him, Philip J. Spanier (aka Phil) was born in Denver, Colorado, on September 13, 1926, “a great depression kid” as he normally calls himself.  He was born with a natural artistic talent although no one in his family demonstrated to be artistically endowed.  Ever since he was five years old, Spanier used to carve wood figures, mostly cowboys and Indians; this carving was greatly developed throughout the years but put on hold due to other responsibilities.  He attended the Denver Public School system and graduated from South High School in 1943.  Spanier served both in WWII and Korea (1944-1953) in the United States Air Force.

Spanier worked for a large manufacturing corporation as Director of their fitness program from 1962 until his retirement in 1988.  Upon retiring, he returned to his first love – Art, both painting and sculpture.  His intense desire to know all aspects of this arena led Spanier to investigate and consequently produce artwork in all styles, ranging from Realism, Surrealism, Abstraction, Still Life, Landscapes, Cityscapes, Minimalized, Black & Whites, and countless liturgical works depicting biblical characters and themes thanks to his grandmother’s influence (who practically raised him since he was a toddler).

Phil Spanier has always been fascinated with the human figure.  His early works focused on representational depictions of the human body with slight exaggerations in gesture and facial expression.  Over the years, his sculptures have evolved into more sinuous, fluid and sensuous representations of the human form. As he once stated: “Many might say that creative artists are made and not born. I disagree. I believe creative artists are born, then polished with time.”  His own artwork perfectly reflects this point of view.

His sculptures are carved in wood preliminary to casting them into bronze.  His series of bronzes depict the body in motion whether it be dancing, embracing, or simply celebrating life.  More recently, Spanier has developed his gifts as a painter, working in an orderly fashion with blocks of color, patterns and figures.  By integrating carving within the frame of his painting, he extends dimensions to his cubist and abstract expressionist representations.

In all, Phillip Spanier is a self-taught artist-sculptor whose paintings and bronzes have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Beverly Hills, Belair, La Jolla, San Diego (Symphony Towers), Las Vegas (Liberace Museum, 1980-1994), Aspen, and Denver.

He also has a published book (in 2004) titled Enigma.  His cartoon illustrations (ranging in the 7,000) have also appeared in Denver’s local newspapers, The Denver Post and the long-gone Rocky Mountain News.  This illustration has been compiled in a non-published book titled Book of Illustrations, but can be viewed privately and is currently being reviewed for publishing; these images are also based on religion and the Holy Bible.  Many are satirical; many are fact based upon truth.

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