Ambassador of the Week: Randy Sprout

Randy Sprout began his art career in 1964 at the University of Iowa, earning his BA in printmaking. Before entering graduate school, he served as a 1st Lieutenant on the DMZ in Korea. In 1969, he moved to California, where he graduated with an MA and MFA in painting from UCLA. Working for LA County Museum of Art, he restored priceless artworks. He has taught printmaking and painting at USC, UCLA, UCLA Extension, and Pierce College. He co-authored the book “Innovative Printmaking” (1977, Crown Publishers, New York), and in 2004 gave a sold-out lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles with a re-creation of a Synchrome Kineidoscope performance, a machine he helped work on with Stanton MacDonald-Wright in early 1970. 

“Wildflowers Fern Del Creek” (watercolor on 140-lb. Fabriano hot-pressed paper, 9 x 12 in.)

Sprout created this piece as a demo in Griffith Park. “I found some small leaves and painted them with a dark blue and used them as stamps directly on the paper,” he says.

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