Fred Spratt: Color and Space

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Sweet Lou, 1974 
Acrylic lacquer on aluminum 
Two panels, each 54 x 45 inches 
Courtesy of the Artist 

Ground Hog Day, 1976 
Acrylic lacquer on aluminum panels and burnished stainless steel panels 
45" x 170" (five panels) 
Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Collections Committee, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th Anniversary. 2004.28 

Spratt’s paintings are studies of intensity, flatness, saturation, and hue. His largely monochromatic square and rectangular works respond to minimalism, an extreme form of nonrepresentational art that emerged in the late 1960s. Using colors ranging from vibrant orange to muted grey, Spratt investigates the properties of his materials, demonstrating the endless invention possible with limited means. Viewed as a whole, his paintings create a scintillating interaction of color and space.