Jonah and Persephone in Chicago

Mesplé, James McNeill
Gift of Francis and June Spiezer

Mesplé’s intricate paintings link the past to the present through portrayals of historical imagery, mythical figures, and surrealist landscapes; fine details and vibrant, saturated colors fill his canvases. References to pop culture and modern themes dot his work along with the occasional glimpse of the artist himself. 

Mesplé studied painting at the University of Missouri in his home state, and following his move to Chicago in 1968, graduated with honors from Northeastern Illinois University in 1970. He has taught art at various Chicago institutions over the years, including Francis W. Parker School, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mesplé lives and works in Chicago where he is represented by Printworks Gallery, and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.—Laura Miller, 2014

The Francis and June Spiezer Collection
b. 1948
P - Painting
oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
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