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Spotlight On: David Spiller

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As one of our most popular artists we thought it was about time to take detailed look at the work of David Spiller. A veteran of the British Pop Art scene Spiller has lightened up our lives with his loveable cartoon characters and lyrical phrases for many years.

Spiller was born in Kent in 1942 and as a child he was always enraptured with popular cartoons and would always copy the characters. It was this early passion that led him to the Slade in the 1960s.

He has never lost his love for characters such as Felix the Cat and has continued to use such images throughout his career. Minnie and Mickey, Popeye and Olive, Donald and Daisy, are familiar subjects that are instantly recognisable by one and all. Regardless of age and culture we instantly know who they are and what they represent. The fond memories they evoke mean his work is always uplifting and positive carrying with them the warmth of nostalgia.

Working largely on the floor, characters such as Donald and Daisy are stencilled by the artist, then graffitied over with a childlike scribble bringing bold splashes of colour to the pieces. The lyrical phrases are taken form songs he loves, from the likes of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the lullabys sung to him as a child. Words such as “Stay forever young at heart “ and “All you have to do is Dream” are expressions that remind us to follow our dreams and stay true to our hearts

If you would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)1273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com

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