Interview with David Spencer, Abstract Artist

Abstract visual artist David Spencer has got his 16th solo exhibition “Residence” happening at Old Customs House, Fremantle from 16-19 October.
Most of the work in this exhibition was created during lockdown in David’s studio in central Fremantle. However the exhibition also contains some of David’s earliest works from nearly 30 years ago.

All this means we can study the progression of the artist as a young man approaching his 20s to the established artist of today

David is acknowledged as one of WA’s leading collectable abstract artists and his rapport with restaurateurs around Perth has resulted in his art hanging on the walls of Cherubino City Cellar, Lalla Rookh, Freo Social, The Otherside Brewhouse and Black Brewing in Margaret River to name a few, as well as on ex Freo Docker Matthew Pavlich’s foyer in his Swanbourne home.

Of the exhibition, Residence, David says: “As Covid-19 locked us in our homes, our personal address became an intimate place where we had the time to get to know not only each other, but the very walls that surround us. Whether it brought you stress and frustration or peace and opportunity. Either way, we all experienced something pretty unique.”

Here’s a quick peek of David assembling pieces for the exhibition. Some pics are at David’s  Freo studio. The others are from inside The Old Cistoms House wonderful exhibition space at 8 Phillimore  Street, Fremantle.

There is a Preview on Friday 15 October at the Old Customs House from 4-7 pm. We are all most welcome to attend.

Then the Opening of the exhibition is on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 6-9 pm. Again the doors are open for us all to attend.

The exhibition runs until Gursday 19 October.

David Spencer kindly took time out from his preparation for the exhibition to discuss the it with our editor, Michael Barker, as well as his journey as an artist and what being an abstract artist means to him.

Here’s the podcast interview, in its unexpurgated form.

It’s most informative.


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