Larry Spaid’s paintings are often meticulous concentrations of line and texture that fall away to create ethereal atmospheres when seen from a few steps back. The most recent body of work, consisting of paintings and works on paper, continues this deliberate line-making; however, bolder and brighter elements have found their way into his work.
In the G.AV. Tag Series, the eye finds the large, vaporous stains before it registers the subtle but precise lines that seem to be far in the foreground. The wandering contours of the G.AV Tag Series contrast with the sharp, rectangular angles in his ODAAT series on paper, the frantic yet controlled scratches and drips behind them creating a feeling of frenetic energy.
Spaid taught for many years at Tyler School of art and has work in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Indianapolis Museum of art, and the University of Tokyo Museum of Fine Arts, among others. One of the G.AV Tag Series paintings is part of this year’s Woodmere Annual, June 4-August 28.
Snyderman-Works Galleries has represented his work since 2000.