David Spiller’s art is filled with life and energy. In his bright, airy canvases Spiller compresses a world of influences, ideas and impressions. His art is a blend of styles, mixing the hard hitting immediacy of Pop Art, punchy texts and clean lines with a deceptively simple expressionism.
In these wonderfully lively images he mixes cartoon characters that we know and love with elements of autobiography, songs, stories and memories. On these striking images, he has added another layer in scrawled text that often includes lines from favourite songs (there is a lot of Beatles and Bob Dylan as well as some recognisable pop numbers that have seeped into his consciousness). In ‘I’ve Been Loving you a Long Time’ he has added the lines ‘You’re a big girl now’ and ‘like a rolling stone’ – both borrowed from Dylan.
David Spiller absorbed the intensity and attention to detail that his first teacher Frank Auerbach taught him and he has since seamlessly incorporated a wide variety of artist’s influences – from Picasso to Dubuffet into his work.