At KMA: Jared Sprecher, ‘Outside In’


Left: “Trees Walking”, 2015, Oil on Linen. Right: “The Study”, 2013, Oil on canvas


Jared Sprecher’s work is dedicated to the exploration and revitalization of abstraction. The Knoxvillian and professor in the University of Tennessee School of Art. His paintings pull ideas from a variety of sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays.


An exhibition of his work, Outside In, opens this Friday,  January 27 and remains until April 16 at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

“The show reflects the dynamic range of Sprecher’s recent practice in terms of format, scale, imagery, and process. It also includes several new works configured in a provocatively informal manner designed to reference a space that is central to human domestic life since the dawn of time: the living room. The Study (2013), for instance, depicts an abstracted frontal view of a fireplace entrance defined in broad horizontal strokes in an icy palette that presents the original image in a strange new light. The painting reflects the artist’s examination of parallels between ancient domestic traditions in which the fireplace was a mesmerizing light environment that in contemporary life has been replaced by the ubiquitous digital screen.”

The Knoxville Museum of Art is located in downtown Knoxville at 1050 World’s Fair Park and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10am–5pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Admission and parking are free. Website: