Michael Spafford | Epic Works

Michael Spafford (b. 1935) has been a major force in the Northwest art community as a painter and printmaker since the 1960’s.  Influenced by his studies in art history at Harvard University, (particularly of the epics), and later by the muralists while he lived in Mexico, his emphasis has been on Greco-Roman mythology as an avenue of expression about contemporary culture.  He continually finds new inspiration and perspectives for fresh imagery, resulting in extended series for The Labors of Hercules, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and other mythologies surrounding Europa, and Romulus and Remus. Visually the figures are compressed into two dimensions, with no modeling, turning them into flat forms and patterns, stylized to the point of abstraction.

Michael Spafford’s work will be the subject of three different and concurrent gallery exhibitions in Seattle.  Davidson Galleries is proud to be part of the Epic Works project, along with Greg Kucera Gallery and Woodside/Braseth Gallery.  Each will focus on different mythologies or mediums.  Davidson Galleries will present  Spafford’s large scale original prints.

 

Exhibition Opening: April 5th, 6-8 PM - Artist will be in attendance from 6-6:45 PM during the opening.

Artist walk through: Saturday, April 21st, 2-3 PM.

 

 

Michael Spafford : Europa and the Bull #2 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Europa and the Bull #2

Medium: Oil based woodblock print
Year: 1986
Edition : AP
Size: 30 x 22 inches
Description: unframed
Price: $1250.00

Michael Spafford : The 12 Labors of Hercules at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

The 12 Labors of Hercules

Year: 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 20-3/4 x 56-1/4 inches
Description: Woodcut based on the proposed drawing for a mural in the House of Representatives Olympia Washington in 1982
Price: $4000.00
Sold as a set of two

Michael Spafford : Romulus and Remus I at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Romulus and Remus I

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2000
Size: 26-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches
Full set of three $2600 unframed

Michael Spafford : Romulus and Remus II at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Romulus and Remus II

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2000
Size: 26-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches
Price: $950.00
Full set of three $2600 unframed

Michael Spafford : Romulus and Remus III at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Romulus and Remus III

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 26-1/4 x 20-1/4 inches
Price: $950.00
Full set of three $2600 unframed

Michael Spafford : Gigantomachy at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Gigantomachy

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 20-3/4 x 56-1/4 inches
Price: $2800.00

Michael Spafford : Coatlicue at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Coatlicue

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on cream paper
Year: 1993
Edition : AP
Size: 18 x 12 inches
Price: $800.00

Michael Spafford : Twelve Labors of Hercules at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Twelve Labors of Hercules

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 1998
Edition : 20
Size: 22 x 20-1/2 inches
Price: $950.00

Michael Spafford : Labors of Hercules at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Labors of Hercules

Medium: Woodcut
Year: 1993
Edition : 80
Size: 8 x 19 inches
Price: $950.00

Leda and The Swan

Leda and The Swan : Vertical Leda (3 stages) #1 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Vertical Leda (3 stages) #1

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1998
Edition : 5
Size: 26 x 20 inches
Price: $1100.00

Leda and The Swan : Vertical Leda (3 stages) #2 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Vertical Leda (3 stages) #2

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1998
Edition : 5
Size: 26 x 20 inches
Price: $1100.00

Leda and The Swan : Leda/Swan 1995-1 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Leda/Swan 1995-1

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on cream paper
Year: 1995
Edition : 10
Size: 26 x 20 inches
Price: $1100.00

Leda and The Swan : Leda/Swan 1995-2 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Leda/Swan 1995-2

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on cream paper
Year: 1995
Edition : 10
Size: 26 x 20 inches
Price: $1100.00

Leda and The Swan : Leda/Swan 1995-3 at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

Leda/Swan 1995-3

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on cream paper
Year: 1995
Edition : 10
Size: 26 x 20 inches
Price: $1100.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Complete Set at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Complete Set

Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: Printed in 2018
Price: $11500.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : I Among twenty snowy mountains at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

I Among twenty snowy mountains

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: Among twenty snowy mountains | The only moving thing | Was the eye of the blackbird.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : II I was of three minds at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

II I was of three minds

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: I was of three minds, | Like a tree | In which there are three blackbirds.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : III The blackbird whirled in at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

III The blackbird whirled in

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: The blackbird whirled in | the Autumn winds. | It was a small part of the | pantomime.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : IV A man and a woman at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IV A man and a woman

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Signature: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: A man and a woman | Are one. | A man and a woman | and a blackbird | Are one.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : V I do not know which to perfer at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

V I do not know which to perfer

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: I do not know which to prefer. | The Beauty of inflections | Or the beauty of innuendos, | The blackbird whistling | Or just after.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : VI Icicles filled the long window at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VI Icicles filled the long window

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: Icicles filled the long window | With barbarous glass. | The shadow of the blackbird | Crossed it, to and fro. | The mood | Traced in the shadow | An indecipherable cause.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : VII O thin men of Haddam at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VII O thin men of Haddam

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: O thin men of Haddam, | Why do you imagine golden birds? | Do you not see how the blackbird | Walks around the feet | Of the women about you?
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : VIII I know noble accents at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VIII I know noble accents

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: I know noble accents | And lucid, inescapable rhythms; | But I know, too, | That the blackbird is involved | In what I know.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : IX When the black bird flew at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IX When the black bird flew

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: When the blackbird flew | out of sight | It marked the edge | Of one of many circles.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : X At the sight of blackbirds at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

X At the sight of blackbirds

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: At the sight of blackbirds | flying in a green light, | Even the bawds of euphony | Would cry out sharply.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : XI He rode over Connecticut at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XI He rode over Connecticut

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: He rode over Connecticut | In a glass coach. | Once a fear pierced him, | In that he mistook | The shadow of his equipage | For blackbirds.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : XII The river is moving at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XII The river is moving

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: The river is moving | The black bird must be flying.
Price: $950.00

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird : XIII It was evening all afternoon at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XIII It was evening all afternoon

Series: 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 1986, printed in 2018
Edition : 10
Size: 28 x 22 inches
Description: The river is moving | The blackbird must be flying.
Price: $950.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules

The 12 Labors of Hercules : The 12 Labors of Hercules Complete Set at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

The 12 Labors of Hercules Complete Set

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $12500.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : I Slaying of the Nemean Lion at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

I Slaying of the Nemean Lion

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : II Vanquishing the nine-headed at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

II Vanquishing the nine-headed

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : III Capturing the marauding Erymanthian Boar at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

III Capturing the marauding Erymanthian Boar

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : IV Destroying the vicious, iron-beaked Stymphalian Birds at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IV Destroying the vicious, iron-beaked Stymphalian Birds

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : V Chasing down the fleet, golden-horned Ceryneian Hind at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

V Chasing down the fleet, golden-horned Ceryneian Hind

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : VI Cleaning the dung out of the Augean Stables at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VI Cleaning the dung out of the Augean Stables

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : VII Subduing the Mad Bull of Crete at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VII Subduing the Mad Bull of Crete

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : VIII Abolishing the flesh-eating Mares of Diomedes at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VIII Abolishing the flesh-eating Mares of Diomedes

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : IX Stealing the jewel-encrusted belt from Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IX Stealing the jewel-encrusted belt from Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : X Obtaining the Cattle of Geryon at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

X Obtaining the Cattle of Geryon

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : XI Crushing the immortal giant Antaeus at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XI Crushing the immortal giant Antaeus

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

The 12 Labors of Hercules : XII Kidnapping the three-headed hound of Hell, Cerberus, or Confronting Death at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XII Kidnapping the three-headed hound of Hell, Cerberus, or Confronting Death

Series: The 12 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2001
Size: 26 x 25-1/5 inches
Price: $1150.00

36 Labors of Hercules

36 Labors of Hercules : I Slaying of the Nemean Lion at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

I Slaying of the Nemean Lion

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : II Vanquishing the nine-headed at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

II Vanquishing the nine-headed

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : III Capturing the marauding Erymanthian Boar at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

III Capturing the marauding Erymanthian Boar

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : IV Chasing down the fleet, golden-horned Ceryneian Hind at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IV Chasing down the fleet, golden-horned Ceryneian Hind

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : V Cleaning the dung out of the Augean Stables at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

V Cleaning the dung out of the Augean Stables

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : VI Destroying the vicious, iron-beaked Stymphalian Birds at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VI Destroying the vicious, iron-beaked Stymphalian Birds

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : VII Subduing the Mad Bull of Crete at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VII Subduing the Mad Bull of Crete

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : VIII Abolishing the flesh-eating Mares of Diomedes at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

VIII Abolishing the flesh-eating Mares of Diomedes

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Description: 36 Labors of Hercules
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : IX Stealing the jewel-encrusted belt from Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

IX Stealing the jewel-encrusted belt from Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : X Obtaining the Cattle of Geryon at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

X Obtaining the Cattle of Geryon

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : XI Crushing the immortal giant Antaeus at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XI Crushing the immortal giant Antaeus

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.

36 Labors of Hercules : XII Kidnapping the three-headed hound of Hell, Cerberus, or Confronting Death at Davidson Galleries

Michael Spafford (1935 -     )

XII Kidnapping the three-headed hound of Hell, Cerberus, or Confronting Death

Series: 36 Labors of Hercules
Medium: Oil based woodblock print on paper
Year: 2010
Size: 32-1/4 x 16-1/4 inches
Price: $1100.00
Full set of twelve $12,000.