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Maurice J. Nespor

Secondary Profession: Architect
  • Northern Nevada
  • Southern Nevada
Notes & References: Before he was an artist, Nespor was an architect, and his background shows in his formal, geometric compositions. Nespor incorporates cardboard, paper and graphite in his collages that feature bold splashes of color against neutral, textured backgrounds and, sometimes, other objects, like a torn fragment of the artist's wicker hat. The effect is clean, elegant and abstract. (2005)

Maurice Nespor began as an architect in Nevada, working for 30 years in the field before turning to fine art full time. He once said, "A career in architecture has given me discipline for the task and insight into the principles of composition." His formal compositions and geometric shapes and lines are reminiscent of fragmented architectural drawings and models. Nespor employs chine colle, cardboard, and occasional found objects, to which he adds rich areas of color and textural elements. On his large-scale works these textures resemble bas-relief, offering dramatic statements that might give the impression of an aerial landscape. (2003)