The Shape of Things
Image: 204cmH x 163cmW
Mixed media on canvas
About the artist
Born in Dampier in the 1970s, David Spencer transfers his childhood memories into raw, emotive art. His aesthetic is not readily pigeonholed, culminating in an eclectic and diverse portfolio that reads as a veritable journey through shape and colour, materials and mediums.
David is inspired by his own history and the colours, sounds, people places, textures and art he was exposed to on his travels, his own memories and sensations.
Each of the artist’s paintings is a living journal of a life lived and laid bare on stretched canvases. As a collective, his body of work is as varied and diverse, because no two emotions are ever identical.
Spencer’s desire is to create an impact on the eye and trigger an emotional response through colour, movement and texture.
“I am bound to no one style and, just like the first random scratch of charcoal on a canvas, I am never prepared and I enjoy letting instinct take over,” he says. "There's nothing I'm bound to other than experimenting, so I can keep pushing and trying new things. I paint something different every day because I don’t want to get ‘trapped’ into some recognised style or repeated image,” he says. “I need to push and dissect my art until one day I draw but one line and think it’s beautiful.”
Spencer believes art is a space for exploration and risk taking. “Art is one of the few spaces left in this world that is without boundaries or boxes to concede to,” he says. “Art is about enjoyment, connection, and challenging and interpreting meaning – and most of all, art should be accessible to everyone.”