Spalenka, who will be coming to speak at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center on Jan. 15, during the opening reception for their illustrator’s exhibit (the opening reception will start at 7 p.m., but an awards ceremony will be held first), calls his personal vision for his art his “interior cathedral.” He shares the process of discovering his own cathedral in the hopes that it will guide others into finding their own inspiration and path to independent creativity.
“In the beginning, it was the journey of my own personal vision,” he said. “Throughout that, though, there was always a part of me that wanted to give back. I wanted to teach and share what I learned with others – help them learn to live from the inside out.”
Spalenka, who has done print art for publications such as Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone, has also done conceptual art for movies, “The Golden Compass” and the upcoming third Narnia film, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”
“When you’re working in publication, you’re essentially creating an image for a singular read that people can sit and spend time with,” he said. “When you do conceptual art for a film, it’s an image moving in time and space. You’re working with other people on ideas and concepts that will influence the entire pipeline all the way down to the finished film.”
The professional and marketing aspects of an illustrator’s life will also be highlighted in a workshop Spalenka will be giving at the art center later (the dates are to be announced). The workshop, which he teaches nationally (it was developed at the University of San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador), is designed to help creative people tie the artistic and the business sides of their work together.
“I connect everything to the talents in the audience,” said Spalenka. Those interested in registering for the workshop, which costs $495, can call 801-292-0367 for more information. “I show them how it relates to their art and how they can make a living on their own terms. It’s very different from the corporate model we’ve had before now.”
In the end, his biggest goal is to help creative people grow.
“I want to inspire people and pump them up,” he said. “I want them to discover their own interior cathedrals, manifest them and make them real.”