DEBORAH SPERTUS

Abstract Surrealist

 

about the artist

My initial background was academic. I have a BFA in Art History, an MA in French, and had an internship at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

When I started creating my own art I was drawn to realism and I spent many years studying the fundamentals of art. I've taken classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, Lill Street Gallery, The Evanston Art Center, and from working artists in their studios. In fact, throughout my evolution as an artist, I have always worked for mastery of the medium and subject matter. I have consistently worked with teachers and other artists to achieve these goals. 

From there I had 10-year career as a muralist & decorative artist (aka faux finisher). During those years I learned to work in multiple styles, techniques and materials as were dictated by the clients or environments. 

Now I am back in the studio creating vibrant abstract paintings. 

I have lived in the Chicago area my entire life except for 3 years in Austin, TX and 3 in Paris, France.




EDUCATION:

MA, French, Middlebury Language School, Paris France

BFA, Art History, University of Texas at Austin

fine Art Classes

School of the Art Institute

Lill Street Art Center

Evanston Art Center

Margaret Baumgaertner, LaCrosse Wisconsin

Grace Cole, Chicago, Illinois

Gay Riseborough, Evanston, Illinois

Decorative Painting & Gilding Classes

Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes, Carl Stream, IL

Faux Design Studios, Addison, IL

Barth White, Las Vegas, CA

Lynn Rutter, San Francisco, CA

PROFESSIONAL:

2005-2015: Owner, lead artist: Signature Mural & Finish, Inc., Chicago, IL 

2002-2003 Artist in Residence: Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL

1986-1987 Internship: Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris France 

COLLECTIONS:

Permanent Collection: Museum of The Gilding Arts, Pontiac, Illinois

Private Collections: Illinois, California, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan Philadelphia, New York, & Texas

EXHIBITIONS:

2018 Metamorphosis, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL

2003 Beyond The Cliff, Cornelia Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL

2001 Evanston Biennial, Evanston, IL

ART FAIRS:

2018 Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, The Guild, Ann Arbor, MI,

Gold Coast Art Fair Chicago, IL

Highwood Starving Artists Show, Highwood, IL

Printer’s Row Art Fest, Chicago, IL

Southport Art and Music Festival, Chicago, IL

Wells Street Art Fair Chicago, IL

2016 Art Center of Highland Park, Festival of Fine Arts, Highland Park, IL

Art at The Glen, Glenview, IL

Barrington Art Fair, Barrington, IL

Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL

Deer Park Art Show Deer Park, IL

Highland Park, IL Edgewater Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Southport Art and Music Festival, Chicago, IL

Wells Street Art Fair Chicago, IL

2015 Edgewater Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Woman’s Club of Evanston, Cornucopia, Evanston, IL

PUBLICATIONS:

Esthetic Lens: Metamorphosis