Combining cartoons and text, his work is has been described as ‘pop expressionist’, combining pop art motifs of mass culture and advertising with abstract expressionist methods which see Spiller frequently working on his canvasses on the floor, drip painting like artists such as Jackson Pollock.
A new show opening later this month at London’s Portland Gallery entitled Walk on the Wild Side will show work dating from the 1960s to the present day, highlighting Spiller’s signature style incorporating bright colours, stencilled text, scribbles, scratched freestyle writing and drawing.
Taught by painter Frank Auerbach, Spiller cites art-world influences as Van Gogh, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Dubuffet.
Alongside Madonna, lyrics by the likes of Talking Heads, The Beatles and Bob Dylan also crop up on the canvasses, merging pop culture with autobiographical snapshots and cartoon characters.
Walk on the Wild Side runs from 26 September – 18 October at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1A