David Spencer: The Reason for Flowers

The local artist who relishes in mistakes and tires of repetition is currently celebrating his 11th solo exhibition at Gallows Gallery.

Known for his curiosity in experimenting and trying new things, David Spencer’s paintings are always unique and forever pushing boundaries. While referencing urban life and the modern industrial world, elements of nature’s beauty and surprise are often woven in to his pieces.

His interpretations of natural and man-made landscapes has inspired his latest body of works, “The Reason for Flowers”, which is a visual compilation of all the beautiful places he has experienced throughout Australia and overseas.

“It’s a show that attempts to portray that wonderfully mystifying feeling of excitement when you arrive at a place you’ve never seen before,” says David.

We caught up with the artist to find out what stirs his imagination and creativity…

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Impossible to put a date on it. Having always drawn as a child, I think it’s been ‘in me’ to do art as I I’ve always enjoyed being creative. I guess in high school you start seeing potential careers, so maybe then. Almost 30 years ago!

What interests you most about your particular area of expertise?
Experimenting and the continued exploration of ideas. I love it when inspiration kicks me and I need to get into the studio, where I’ll try to visually explain my idea to canvas and see what happens. But most of all of course, there’s no mistakes, especially in abstraction.

What is unique about the way you work?
Like any artist, creating something is a matter of confidence. You’ve got to like what you do – and I like what I do! I think what makes my art my own is what I focus on when painting: colour, texture and composition. Whether that’s seen as unique to me is better answered by you!

Favourite material/technique to work with?
I really love charcoal. I start all my paintings with it and continue to use it throughout its development. As far as technique goes, I absolutely love experimentation and surprise. If I’m getting frustrated, I’ll just splash used turps across the painting to see what happens and see where it leads me. I need to keep trying and searching for ‘the new’.

Biggest career moment?
First solo exhibition at the Hudson Gallery (Kings St, Perth) is always special to me. Years of painting here and there, small group shows and never really focusing on completing a collection finally gave way when I got my you-know-what together. Before the opening, I had a few pre-sales and got such an adrenalin rush. People actually want my art? That’s such a cool feeling. It was a huge night. Lots of friends, family and interested clients. Awesome!

Who/what are your top influencers?
My little 3 year old son Oscar, Brett Whiteley, Albert Tucker, John Olsen, Heather Day, Seonna Hong, Johnny Romeo, music and definitely travelling!

If you could collaborate with anyone on any type of project, who would it be?
Seriously, how good and crazy would it be to work with Brett Whitely. You’d get so loose on wine, laugh and get so out of your shell you’d create something completely unexpected. Which would be beautiful.

Where can people in Perth see your work?
Gallows Gallery in Mosman Park represents me here in WA. But you can also hit me up and come to my messy studio.

The Reason for Flowers will be exhibiting at Gallows Gallery until the 24th April 2016

David Spencer
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Gallows Gallery
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