Today’s feature is in honor of our Louisville Kentucky native the great champion Muhammed Ali, who was so close in spirit to the revered Malcolm X. They are inseparable brothers in spirit. Mohammed Ali’s funeral is today June 10, 2016 in Louisville. In honor of the determination to overcome oppression and seek justice for all, I present these works of powerful creativity today by a very great contemporary artist Cliff Spohn. Janis Kirstein.
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About Cliff Spohn, the Artist
I was born and raised in Oregon. From a young age I was always doodling (drawing), especially during class. I would draw hot rods, airplanes, girls, comic book heros and Mad magazine characters. I have always been an explorer or seeker of answers to things and ideas that fascinated me, which of course lead me right into the realms of artistic thinking. My exploring and ‘WHAT IF’ approach to art has had a definite roll in creating my eclectic style and still affects my work to this day.
A rather circuitous route through traveling, a war and working led me to Riverside California. There I attended jr. college and received an AA degree then transferred to San Jose State College where in I discovered the world of commercial art. In 1973 I received a BA degree in illustration and graphic design.
I have been a professional illustrator for 38 years, it became my vocation where my ‘WHAT IF’ art became my avocation but, because illustration has become almost nonexistent for an oldschooler like myself, the rolls are switching places.
I illustrated the first 10 or 15 Atari video game box covers and continued with other projects there. I also did Apple’s first one or two instruction booklet covers. I have created many posters, book covers, magazine covers, collectable prints, editorial art and privately commissioned paintings.
In 1986 my family and I moved to Connecticut to further my career as an illustrator but, as stated before, demand for my kind of illustration was and is slowly disappearing. Now I am in the process of trying to merge the two, realism (vocation) and abstract (avocation).
As one can see, my work is an amalgam of styles and interests influenced by other artist whom I have studied. I am but one voice in the choir of art’s paradigm, searching for and developing my art (identity) for the means to preform the solo performance.
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Today’s feature is in honor of our Louisville champion Muhammed Ali, who was so close in spirit to the revered Malcolm X. Mohammed Ali’s funeral is today June 10, 2016. In honor of the determination to overcome oppression and seek justice for all, I present these works of powerful creativity today. Janis Kirstein.
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All images in this feature are courtesy of the artist, Cliff Spohn and are from the website http://www.cliff-spohn.fineartamerica.com. Individual artwork copyrights are held by individual copyright holders.