. . .I love painting
people. That's what the world is
all about. May it be a fisherman
out on his boat or a vendor in the
marketplace, my paintings reflect
people doing everyday ordinary things.
. . .I have never overcome enjoying
what I see. Therefore, in my painting
and sculpture I attempt to portray
the literal: a visual world made up
of patterns of abstract shapes, planes,
and colors that stimulate our senses.
Al Sprague was born and raised
in the Republic of Panama. After
receiving a master's degree at American
University in Washington DC, he returned
home to paint the culture of Panama.
His work depicts the everyday life
of native fishermen, market vendors,
and dancers, has made him one of
the most recognized artists in Panama.
Sprague's work has been on display
in the White House, The Pentagon, Panama
Canal Headquarters, Reagan Presidential
Library, United States-Art-in-Embassies
Collection, Panama Embassy in Washington,
D.C., Chase Manhattan Bank, Bank of
Korea, Bank of America, and has exhibited
at art galleries in the United States,
Spain, Japan, the Bahamas, and Panama.
Today Sprague divides his time between
the Republic of Panama and Newport
News, Virginia, and has expanded his
subject matter to include the islands
of the Bahamas. In addition to painting
both watercolors and oils, Sprague
has taught himself the art of bronze
casting and now does selected bronze
pieces using the lost wax process.