Walk on the Wild Side

Top Cat, the Flintstones and Madonna lyrics are among the influences for the work of artist David Spiller.

Young hearts be free, 2000
Young hearts be free, 2000

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.

Dreams that you dare to dream
Dreams that you dare to dream

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.

For the one I love
For the one I love

Taught by painter Frank Auerbach, Spiller cites art-world influences as Van Gogh, Picasso, Rauschenberg and Dubuffet.

I miss you all so much 1994
I miss you all so much 1994

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.

If not for you, 1997
If not for you, 1997

Walk on the Wild Side runs from 26 September – 18 October at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1A

Same as it ever was.
 
La guerre est finie, 2000
La guerre est finie, 2000

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