About Jim Spelman
My main premise (whether I'm shooting a street view or a color bomb in the studio) is that surfaces hold our view, but knowing goes below this obvious, thin veil into the depths of lightness and of darkness ultimately lying in the universe of the smallest details. All of us, I believe, possess simple and complex, dark and light, color and gray, crazy and calm within ourselves. My work celebrates and explores our natural opposites. So I invite you to dive in and explore. My hope is that a piece or two will deeply resonate with you.
I own two busy and vibrant photography-based studio businesses--Spelman & Co. and Spelman Originals--and have been successfully photographing commercially and artistically for a long time. All of the Limited Edition Artworks of Spelman Originals are the result of many years of passionate pursuit, thousands upon thousands of tiny to huge trials and errors, countless winning and 'failing' experiments and loads of celebrating the 'Ah ahh' moments as well as the 'back to the drawing board' times.
My studio is located in the Greater Chicago Area very close to home which gives me more quality time with my family and more time to create. I view my work as experimental, one-of-a-kind and energetic. Whether we're shooting an advertising food shoot or a liquid explosion artwork we're constantly in 'mad studio scientist mode' creating, mixing, concocting, inventing, pouring, splashing and breaking something! It's in the chaos that the colorful vibrancy and the beauty of spontaneity of my images and artwork emerges.
I'd like my bold statement artworks to adorn your walls in your homes, offices and businesses to not only be your perfect color, design element and mood solution but to also inspire you and, through my soul-fulfilling exploration to help you in your own life experiments and transformations--at least in some small, inspirational way.