The young girl is classic and yet slightly surreal as she is standing in front of a chair and near a window. With the frame it measures 12" x 10". It is signed in the lower left corner. This painting was part of an exhibition of the artist's work held in the last decade or so by the Boston Arts Club.
There is no exhibition label but the curator John Cureby of the Boston Arts Club has confided this information to me. It comes with a newer excellent condition frame that was used in the show of his work. The story of Gar Sparks is unique. He is a key figure in American Modern art; but because of his peculiar path in life, he is nearly unknown. In 1913 Sparks was studying at the Art Students' League in New York.
Sparks needed a job so he applied, and was given a position as a salesman at the Armory Show. This sale gave Sparks a well-earned connection to Duchamp, which became central to Sparks' late art career. After WWI there are several stories about why Sparks left painting as a career, but all that can be sure is that in order to earn a living he opened a string of candy stores and soda-fountains. He eventually opened'Sparks Nut House' in Newark, NJ on the first of June, 1924.
Stuart Davis, a friend, was commissioned to paint what is considered a famous Dada mural. This mural is imaged on page 99 in the biography, "Stuart Davis: American Painter" (the book has the date of the mural incorrectly dated as 1921). This commission by Sparks shows his continued deep and progressive connection to Modern Art and artists. This intimate connection to Davis would also become an integral to Sparks' late art career. Sparks rekindled his connection to Duchamp one day after WWII.
Duchamp was exhibiting with Dali and Magritte, at Julian Levy's gallery at 42 East 57 Street. Duchamp found that Sparks had continued to paint since art school. Duchamp was excited with Sparks' works and he brought Levy to see them.Levy was so impressed that he is said to have left with half the paintings in Sparks' studio. Levy gave Sparks a one-man show in 1946. The biography of Sparks for this show's catalogue was written by Stuart Davis. (This exhibition catalogue is quoted in William Gerdts, Painting and Sculpture in New Jersey-see the other AskART biography text). Like many others, Gar Sparks has been overlooked both in regard to his talent and for his early-on contributions to the "art of the mind". His work usually avoids the pitfall of becoming dismal, depressing or negative, a result to which many artists involved in the graphic exploration and depiction of the mind succumb. His works are fairly rare, and it is not now known how prolific he was over the course of his approximately forty-four years of painting. He died in 1954 in East Orange, N.
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