Craig David Spankie is a lifelong artist.
A native New Zealander, Spankie refers to his homeland by its Maori name Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud. Spankie's creativity became apparent when, as young mn, he began to design and build houses inspired by Aotearoa's verdant landscapes and abundant billowing clouds.
Carpentry seeded an affinity for the tactile, and informed an isolated beauty that is Spankie's hallmark. For Craig Spankie, working with found objects fulfills a quest to create transformative art. Raw, and by most standards spent, objects are reborn in Spankie's contemplative environmental portraits.
Working in mixed media nourishes Spankie's soul. Now a resident of Wyoming, he continues to be inspired by sublime landscapes and particular materials. Oxidized copper becomes rich soil; discarded wine foil, crumpled earth. Spankies' palette suggests vast horizons, red mountains, green pastures, summer crops. Lone, primal forms, a cross, a cow, a bison and small buoyant spheres - are single notes upon flat colorful fields
Craig Spankie earned a diploma in Art and Creativity from the Learning Connextion in Wellington, New Zealand. His artwork was chosen as the cover image for the 2004 Otago Telecom Telephone Directory. In New Zealand his works are exhibited in Wanaka, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin. Craig Spankie's art is included in private collections in New Zealand, Europe, the United States, Hong Kong and Israel. He divides his time between Wanaka, New Zealand and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
[Compiled and edited by Tammy Christel]
2005 Jeremy Morgan Workshop
The Art Association
Jackson, WY USA
2001-2002 Diploma Art and Creativity,
The Learning Connextion
Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand.
1982-1985 Carpentry Apprenticeship,
Manukau Institute of Technology
Manukau, Auckland, New Zealand.
1978-1981 Pakuranga College,
Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand