WALK ON THE WILD SIDE David Spiller at The Portland Gallery, until 18th October 2013
Kentish born artist David Spiller’s art is a mix of Pop Art with a subtle hint of Expressionism. Taught by Frank Auerbach, his work also shows the influences of artists such as Picasso, Rauschenberg and Jackson Pollock and has a universal appeal to all generations
What brought his art to the forefront in the 1960s was his use of text alongside contemporary cultural images such as Disney characters and song lyrics, such as Moon River and works by the Beatles. This show concentrates on the works in which he uses text, ranging from his ‘I can’t give you anything but love and murder baby’(1963-1991) to this year’s ‘You must be an angel’. One of his first stencil works is in the exhibition too.
Interestingly enough he still continues to use many of the original fonts he created and when I asked him he said that he does sometimes change the pencil written song lyrics that adorn these striking images.