David Spencer

Biography

My art practice is a simple reflection of my personality; who I am. As any artist I’m constantly inspired. I always think about art and think about the different ways I can deliver it to the public. I never want to be tied to one style of creativity. I don’t want to be known or recognised for a recurrent style. I’d rather be known for my exploration of different disciplines. Seeking new challenges to further develop my art practice, my learning and my development. In my paintings and sculptures I reference urban life and the modern industrial world, while acknowledging nature’s beauty and surprise. I am encouraged by experimentation and by pushing boundaries. I relish in mistakes and tire of repetition. I love the power and statement in simple compositions juxtaposed with areas of layers and detail. I love everything about art. Art is everything my mind craves.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
This is how I feel Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA

This is how I feel Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park, WA

2014
Traverse | 9th solo exhibition at Hay Shed Hill, Wylabrup (WA)

Traverse | 9th solo exhibition at Hay Shed Hill, Wylabrup (WA)

2014
Ladies & Gentleman | 10th solo exhibition at Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park (WA)

Ladies & Gentleman | 10th solo exhibition at Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park (WA)

2012
Everything so far | 8th solo exhibition at Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle (WA)

Everything so far | 8th solo exhibition at Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle (WA)

2011
Redux | 7th solo exhibition at 19Karen Gallery, Gold Coast (QLD)

Redux | 7th solo exhibition at 19Karen Gallery, Gold Coast (QLD)

2010
David Spencer Vs Johnny Romeo | 6th solo exhibition at Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle (WA)

David Spencer Vs Johnny Romeo | 6th solo exhibition at Buratti Fine Art, North Fremantle (WA)

2009
Tourist | 5th solo exhibition at United Galleries, Perth (WA)

Tourist | 5th solo exhibition at United Galleries, Perth (WA)

2008
“There’s a ghost in me” | 4th solo exhibition at United Galleries, Sydney (NSW)

“There’s a ghost in me” | 4th solo exhibition at United Galleries, Sydney (NSW)

2008
“32,000 days” | 3rd solo exhibition at United Galleries, Perth (WA)

“32,000 days” | 3rd solo exhibition at United Galleries, Perth (WA)

2006
“Finding Emily”| 2nd solo exhibition at Code Red Art, Fremantle (WA)

“Finding Emily”| 2nd solo exhibition at Code Red Art, Fremantle (WA)

2004
“Spencertive” |1st solo exhibition at Hudson Gallery, Perth (WA)

“Spencertive” |1st solo exhibition at Hudson Gallery, Perth (WA)

Awards

2014
Shortlisted | "Hilton (Double Tree Hotel), City of Fremantle / SKS $100k [Percent for Art]

Shortlisted | "Hilton (Double Tree Hotel), City of Fremantle / SKS $100k [Percent for Art]

2014
Shortlisted | "Ronald McDonald House", 2-dimensional artwork $20k [Percent for Art]

Shortlisted | "Ronald McDonald House", 2-dimensional artwork $20k [Percent for Art]

2014
Shortlisted | “ICON”, Tim Bloomfield / Greenhaven, City of Vincent (WA) $55k [Percent for Art]

Shortlisted | “ICON”, Tim Bloomfield / Greenhaven, City of Vincent (WA) $55k [Percent for Art]

2013
Finalist, SCGH Biennial Art Award, Perth (WA)

Finalist, SCGH Biennial Art Award, Perth (WA)

2012
Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth (WA)

Finalist, Black Swan Portrait Prize, Perth (WA)

2012
Winner, Artlike Competition, CAL Australia, Sydney (NSW)

Winner, Artlike Competition, CAL Australia, Sydney (NSW)

2008
Finalist, Artitude - YAWA Exhibition, Crown Metropol, Perth (WA)

Finalist, Artitude - YAWA Exhibition, Crown Metropol, Perth (WA)

2007
Selected for Avant Card (Finding Emily), Sydney (NSW)

Selected for Avant Card (Finding Emily), Sydney (NSW)

1989
Merit Award, City of Meville Art Awards, Perth (WA)

Merit Award, City of Meville Art Awards, Perth (WA)

Collections

Victor Smorgon Collection

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Collection

Central College of Tafe (Perth)

Galleries

Victor Smorgon Collection

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Collection

Central College of Tafe (Perth)

Publications

Victor Smorgon Collection
Victor Smorgon Collection

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Collection
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Collection

Central College of Tafe (Perth)
Central College of Tafe (Perth)

Artist Statement

I never want to be tied to one style of creativity. I don’t want to be known or recognised for a recurrent style. I’d rather be known for my exploration of different disciplines. Seeking new challenges to further develop my art practice, my learning and my development.