Ian Sparkes was born in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1946. He was educated at Prince of Wales College in St. John’s, Military College in Victoria, B.C.; and Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he achieved a Bachelor of Commerce in 1969 and a Master of Education in 1973. 

In 1973, Ian began a career teaching art and social studies at MacPherson Jr. High and Booth Memorial High in St. John's.  At the same time, Ian began painting in watercolour and acrylic which quickly developed into a part time profession.  His works capture the rich colors and light patterns of Newfoundland community life and their fascinating moods.  His character and group portraits are often a social commentary on the effects of long years of hard work in fishing communities and the spirit of freedom and resolve which remains.

Ian retired from teaching in 1999 to devote himself full-time to a painting career.  In April of 2000, Ian had a very successful exhibition in Toronto entitled "Outport Moods".

Ian's painting “The Last RCMP Dog Team Patrol” was chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint for the 1994 Commemorative Silver Dollar celebrating the 25th anniversary of the RCMP Northern Dog Team Patrol. A large audience appreciates Sparke's paintings. His work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout Newfoundland and across Canada. 

"Black Water"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS21
Image Size: 22" x 14"
Frame Size 31" x 23"
Open Edition Giclee Print
$200.00 (Unframed)
$319.00 (Framed)

"Time and Tide"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS27
Image Size: 19" x 26"
Frame Size 28" x 35"
100 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$319.00 (Framed)

"Food Fishery"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS10
Image Size: 17" x 25.5"
Frame Size 25" x 33.5"
300 Limited Edition Prints
$170.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Moving House"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS26
Image Size: 18" x 24"
Frame Size 27" x 33"
500 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$319.00 (Framed)

"Where The Boys Are"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS29
Image Size: 15" x 20"
Frame Size 24" x 29"
300 Limited Edition Prints
$160.00 (Unframed)
$279.00 (Framed)

"Pitcher Plant"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS24
Image Size: 21" x 21"
Frame Size 30" x 30"
100 Limited Edition Prints
100 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$319.00 (Framed)

$450.00 (Gallery Wrapped Canvas)

"The Beach"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS25
Image Size: 17" x 25"
Frame Size 26" x 34"
50 Artist Proofs Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Glory Days"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS28
Image Size: 18" x 25"
Frame Size 27" x 34"
350 Limited Edition Prints
$125.00 (Unframed)
$259.00 (Framed)

"High Water"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS23
Image Size: 18.5" x 22"
Frame Size 27.5" x 31"
200 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Slipway"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS15
Image Size: 20" x 14"
Frame Size 29" x 23"
200 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Park Shadows"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS12
Image Size: 23.5" x 18"
Frame Size 32.5" x 27"
200 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"The Storytellers"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS13
Image Size: 23" x 17.75"
Frame Size 32" x 26.75"
300 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Grates Cove Industry"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS14
Image Size: 20" x 14"
Frame Size 29" x 23"
300 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

"Home from the Coast"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS20
Image Size: 23.75" x 15.75"
Frame Size 32.75" x 24.75"
250 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
 $319.00 (Framed)

"The Last RCMP Dog Team"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS24
Image Size:21" x 28"
Frame Size 30" x 37"
500 Limited Edition Prints

"Morning Haze"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS9
Image Size: 13.5" x 27"
Frame Size 22.5" x 36"
Edition Size: 400
$200.00 (Unframed)
$319.00 (Framed)

"Strolling Up The Lane"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS22
Image Size: 16" x 24.5"
Frame Size 25" x 33.5"
300 Limited Edition Prints
$120.00 (Unframed)
$259.00 (Framed)

 
"Winter Squall"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS2
Image Size: 14" x 28"
Frame Size 23" x 37"
Edition Size: 400
$140.00 (Unframed)
$239.00 (Framed)

"End of Pavement"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS3
Image Size: 16" x 22"
Frame Size 24" x 31"
Edition Size: 300
$120.00 (Unframed)
$249.00 (Framed)
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"Grates Cove Past"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS4
Image Size: 18" x 24"
Frame Size 27" x 33"
Edition Size: 300
$100.00 (Unframed)
  $249.00 (Framed)

"Rocks at Topsail Beach"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS5
Image Size: 16" x 20"
Frame Size 24" x 29"
Edition Size: 300
$110.00 (Unframed)
$248.00 (Framed)
 

"Westend Monuments"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS7
Image Size: 11" x 19"
Frame Size 20" x 28"
Edition Size: 150
$120.00 (Unframed)
$239.00 (Framed)
 

"Kennedy's Lane"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS8
Painted in 2002
Image Size 20" X 30"
Frame Size 29" x 39"
Limited Edition Prints 350
$180.00 (Unframed)
 $299.00 (Framed)
 

"Little Secrets"
Ian Sparkes
Item # IS11
Image Size: 18" x 22.5"
Frame Size 27" x 31.5"
200 Limited Edition Prints
$200.00 (Unframed)
$299.00 (Framed)

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