50 x £50, 2022

02 NOVEMBER 2022 - 24 NOVEMBER 2022
Spencer Shakespear
Spencer Shakespear
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9. Spencer Shakespeare

Japanese Anenomes, Bull and Owl

Signed and dated (on the reverse)
Oil, oil stick, acrylic and graphite on canvas
30 x 24 x 4 cm.
Painted in 2022


£50 - 500

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50 x £50, 2022 (9/50)


Born in 1967 in London, Shakespeare discovered his addiction to the natural world in his yearly holidays to Cornwall with his family, which, after 20 years of living on Australia's Gold Coast he has returned to, residing near Penzance where he says the bird song is at its most beautiful.

Being an obsessive and automatic drawer since the age of seven, Shakespeare completed a degree in Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Design (1992-1995). Although his love of drawing never stopped, as he matured both as a person and an artist, he sought to break away from commissioned work, seeking his own artistic independence. Now an internationally successful artist, independence is what he has certainly achieved. He enjoys transcribing places of intersection; the coastline, the edge of forests- places where a transition of boundaries takes place. The garden is significant in his work because of the element of interchange between the domestic boundary and the beginning of wilderness. Although he is inspired by places such as these, he never strives for specifics nor is beholden to the landscape around him, instead drawing and exposing his own imaginary world. His work connotes a kind of mystery, a kind of magic. A world where colours are intense, high contrast, energetic: vibrating with an emotional energy. His abstract canvases show the blurred boundaries of the humming world he sees: a door for you, the viewer, that opens into wonderland.

Recent and Current Exhibitions & Residencies 
 2022 - Thin Places, 17th June - 18th July, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall; Art of the Present Future Chapter 2, 10th May - 30th June, AP House, Madrid, Spain; Pink, April 14th - 1st May, Piermarq*, Surry Hills, NSW, Australia; Residency, April - June, Porthmeor Studio 5, St Ives, Cornwall; Places of Intersection, Places of Becoming, February 4th - 30th April, One Wall Gallery, Eugene, Oregon US; Dreamland, January 22nd - March 1st, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam; Paperworks Vol II, January - Present, NBB Gallery, Berlin

2021 - Affordable Art Fair with Livingstone St Ives, October 21st - October 24th, Battersea Park, London; Amongst Friends, October 7th - October 31st, Livingstone St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall; Residency, June - September, Porthmeor Studio 5, St Ives, Cornwall; Mind the Gap, May 12th - May 21st , CIRCLE Contemporary, Cornwall; Prima Vera, March 1st - May 3rd, Livingstone St Ives at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

1992 – 1995 Illustration
Bournemouth College of Art and Design


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