"Chadwick Towards Pine" 2023, acrylic on canvas, 28” x 24”
"Delancey Towards Fourth" 2023, acrylic on canvas, 32” x 22”
"Delancey Towards Fourth (2)" 2023, acrylic on canvas, 15” x 18”
"Delancey Towards Fourth (3)" 2023, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24”
"Delancey Towards Fourth (4)" 2023, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24”
"Small Painting (1)" 2023, acrylic on wood panel, 6” x 6”
"Small Painting (2)" 2023, acrylic on wood panel, 6” x 6”
"Small Painting (3)" 2023, acrylic on wood panel, 6” x 6”
"Small Painting (4)" 2023, acrylic on wood panel, 6” x 6”
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"Large Drawing 1" 2023, acrylic paint and pen on craft paper, 53” x 36”
"Large Drawing 7" 2023, acrylic pen and paint on craft paper, 48" x 36"
"Keys and Shoes" 2023, acrylic pen on craft paper, 36" x 54"
"Empire" 2023, acrylic pen and paint on craft paper, 48" x 36"
"Large Drawing 6" 2023, acrylic paint and pen on craft paper, 36” x 53”
"Highline" 2023, acrylic paint and pen on craft paper, 48" x 36"
“Large drawing 5” 2023, acrylic pen and paint on construction paper, 48” x 36”
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Pete Sparber

Philadelphia, PA

Résumé

Biography


Pete earned his MFA from Cornell University in 1980. Immediately after graduation he moved to lower Manhattan, married his wife Karen and had a son, Steven. As the years progressed he developed a corporate career as a human resources executive, moving from city-to-city across the US and overseas (including seven years in Tokyo and Shanghai). He left the corporate world in 2022, serving most recently the Chief Human Resources Officer for Infor, a global software services company.


He continued to draw and paint throughout those forty two years. He had two one person shows in Wichita, Kansas while living there from 2004 through 2009, and two in Philadelphia as part of the now defunct Highwire cooperative, while living in Fishtown from 2009 to 2014. After returning to Philadelphia from Shanghai in January 2022 at the onset of COVID, Pete and his wife settled in Center City.


For the past year and a half Pete has focused his interest and energy on both his metaphysical and aesthetic interests. From a metaphysics perspective he continues to pursue a non-dual understanding of reality. He has continued to narrow the aperture on his aesthetic pursuits, focusing on painting and drawing, and seeking to show something of the phenomenal and noumenal world as he sees it through visual art.


Pete is also, in a small way, looking to engage with and catalyze the development of visual arts in Philadelphia by publishing The Current, an Instagram-based blog featuring a curated sampling of some of the strong visual art now developing across the city.

Statement

Visual art should stand by itself and be able to tell its own story. For my work, it’s about listening and then acting. My role is mostly to get out of the way. The drawings are a simpler, more direct execution, though the product is more complex. For the paintings, the process is increasingly complex involving synthesis and higher order listening, which results in a simpler product.

Education

1980
Cornell University, MFA

Solo Exhibitions

2012
Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005
One Person Show, Fishaus, Wichita, KS

One Person Show, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

Articles and Publications

2023
Work Featured in Summer 2023 Edition of Philadelphia Stories

2012 and 2013
Cover Art for Business Directory and Neighborhood Resource Guide (NE Philadelphia)

2012
Peter Sparber: A second spark in an artistic career Feature Article in 'Metro', Philadelphia Inquirer

The Current

Online Blog Featuring Philadelphia Contemporary Art

ArtBlog Article Features

Three Exceptional Artists

Gifts That Keep Giving

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