A good portrait demands that the artist balance mood, character, exciting painting and an accurate likeness.– Jeff Sprang
Jeff Sprang has had the good fortune to meet and paint the portraits of some of the leading figures of our time.
In June 1990, Jeff Sprang attended a reception for Nelson Mandela at Central Technical School which led to the painting of the Portrait of Nelson Mandela. A limited edition print was produced and signed by Mandela in support of the education of Black South African students.
In 1995, City TV was the venue for a watercolour exhibition of Sprang’s portraits titled Putting on Airs. Portraits of Avi Lewis and Natalie Pujo of City TV, Erica Ehm of MuchMusic, and Jeanne Beker of Fashion Television were featured in the show.
Northrop Frye (1912-1991) was one of the most important literary scholars of the twentieth century, and a distinguished professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto for over fifty years. Sprang was one of Frye’s former students and Sprang’s 2005 portrait of professor Frye at the blackboard in front of the lesson The Conspectus of Genres hangs in Northrop Frye Hall.
In 2006, Sprang donated his portrait of Stephen Lewis to the Peel District School Board. A limited edition print of the portrait was produced and all proceeds from sales of the print go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Sprang’s work includes other notables such as Muhammad Ali, Sidney Crosby, Amanda Lang, sensei Masami Tsuruoka and Dr. Tom Chau.
Art publications including Art Impressions and Azure magazine have reviewed Sprang’s painting. He has also been featured in the Toronto Star and on City TV, CBC, Pulse 24 and CBC Sunday Arts Entertainment.
Open Reception: Saturday September 10th, 10 am to 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 10 to September 24
The Onyx Building
482 Richmond St. East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1R2
This is not a law firm is my latest solo exhibition of portraits featuring Canadian icons in the music, sports and entertainment fields. New work includes portraits of musicians Drake, Gord Downie, Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie and television personality Traci Melchor of The Social.
All proceeds from exhibition are in support of the literacy development charity, One World Schoolhouse Foundation, a charity run by a friend and colleague, Richard Clewes and his wife Sonya White. They do two things. They organize book drives in Ontario schools so students can make a meaningful change for the benefit of their peers in the developing world. And they run the annual "Rainforest of Reading" Book Festival to support and sustain the impact of book donations. You can see the whole story at: oneworldschoolhouse.org
The Onyx Building
482 Richmond St. East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1R2
Jeff Sprang has been named a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medal commemorates Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, and it honours contributions and achievements made by leaders and citizens across Canada.
Jeff Sprang received his medal at a gala ceremony hosted by the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, on February 6, 2013 at Roy Thomson Hall. The medal was presented to Sprang by prominent Canadian Dan Aykroyd.
The ceremony marked the end of the Diamond Jubilee Year and the 61st anniversary of The Queen's accession to the Throne. In keeping with the tradition of honouring milestone years of service, the commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the Throne. The medal serves to honour the contributions and achievements made by Canadians from all sectors of society.
July 14 marks the 100th birthday of the late Northrop Frye - and across Canada, scholars, writers, alumni and fans are remembering and celebrating the legendary professor who transformed literary criticism.
“He was brilliant and extremely articulate,” says alumnus and artist Jeff Sprang, 60, recalling a class he took with Frye in the early 1970s. “He would have been about the age I am now, and I was one of those students who sat at the back and kept my head down and my mouth shut – but he was very, very gentle with those brave souls who sat at the front and asked questions.” Full article available here
Dr. Tom Chau now joins the likes of Nelson Mandela and Stephen Lewis in having his portrait painted by Jeff Sprang, a renowned Canadian portrait artist. Sprang has generously donated his painting to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, which will reside at Sunny View Public School where a two-year pilot project, the Infinity communications Access Lab, connects Dr. Chau’s research to children with the most complex disabilities in the school system. Full article available here
This special issue of the UTQ celebrates the centennial of the birth of Northrop Frye in 1912. It was here that the young Frye published his first academic article in 1942. Projecting forward, not back, these essays look to the future of his ideas in the critical climate of the twenty-first century. The publication of Frye’s Collected Works has brought about a serious reconsideration of his criticism and what it might have to say to the future—and not just that of literary studies. The essays explore the Frye canon afresh to reflect on what a critic of today finds challenging, provocative, and productive in the rich record of his criticism.
This special issue contains supplemental material including the watercolour portrait of Northrop Frye, painted by Canadian artist Jeffrey Sprang, a graduate of Victoria College and one of Frye's former students. The portrait depicts Frye at the blackboard in front of his lesson The Conspectus of Genres. PDF Preview available here
During Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to Toronto in 1990, Jeff Sprang was extremely fortunate to meet and photograph Mr. Mandela at a reception held at Central Technical School. In commemoration of that visit, Sprang painted a portrait of Nelson Mandela which beautifully captures the grace and serenity of this moral and political leader. To order a print, contact Greg McKinnon, Manager/Archivist, TDSB Museum and Archives (416) 397-3682 Greg.McKinnon@tdsb.on.ca
To coincide with the opening of Stephen Lewis school, the Peel board has unveiled a limited edition watercolour print celebrating the Canadian humanitarian. Donated by artist Jeff Sprang, all proceeds from sales of the print will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help ease the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa. To purchase this signed limited edition print, call 905-890-1010 (or 1-800-668-1146), ext. 2809 or go to www.peelschools.org for a copy of the order form.
A watercolour portrait of Northrop Frye was painted by Canadian artist Jeff Sprang, a 1977 graduate of Victoria College and one of Frye’s former students. The portrait depicts Professor Frye at the blackboard in front of his lesson The Conspectus of Genres. Victoria has issued a special limited print edition of the Frye portrait. There are 200 prints in the edition and each print is $100 (plus tax). Proceeds will support deserving students at Victoria College. Each print is individually signed and numbered by the artist. To order a print, contact the Victoria Alumni Office at (416) 585-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org