Overview

Whether I am working from life or in the studio, everything is relationship. I am looking for the right relationship with what I see and feel. Something is identified, it presents itself and I find its beauty.

Born in 1967 in London, Shakespeare discovered his addiction to the natural world in his yearly holidays to Cornwall with his family, which, after 20 years of living on Australia's Gold Coast he has returned to, residing near Penzance where he says the bird song is at its most beautiful. Being an obsessive and automatic drawer since the age of seven, Shakespeare completed a degree in Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Design (1992-1995). Although his love of drawing never stopped, as he matured both as a person and an artist, he sought to break away from commissioned work, seeking his own artistic independence. Now an internationally successful artist, independence is what he has certainly achieved. 
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He enjoys transcribing places of intersection; the coastline, the edge of forests- places where a transition of boundaries takes place. The garden is significant in his work because of the element of interchange between the domestic boundary and the beginning of wilderness. Although he is inspired by places such as these, he never strives for specifics nor is beholden to the landscape around him, instead drawing and exposing his own imaginary world. His work connotes a kind of mystery, a kind of magic. A world where colours are intense, high contrast, energetic: vibrating with an emotional energy. His abstract canvases show the blurred boundaries of the humming world he sees: a door for you, the viewer, that opens into wonderland.

Works
  • Spencer Shakespeare, BLACK COCKATOO, 2021
    Spencer Shakespeare
    BLACK COCKATOO, 2021
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick, charcoal and aerosol on canvas
    160 x 140 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, BLACK COCKATOO, 2021
    £ 4,900.00
  • Spencer Shakespeare, KIMONO POSEIDON, 2020
    Spencer Shakespeare
    KIMONO POSEIDON, 2020
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick, charcoal and aerosol on canvas
    190 x 160 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, KIMONO POSEIDON, 2020
    Sold
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Bird Of Prey, 2019
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Bird Of Prey, 2019
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick canvas (framed)
    66 x 64 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Bird Of Prey, 2019
    £ 1,200.00
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Mountain, Sea & Esturary, 2018
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Mountain, Sea & Esturary, 2018
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick canvas (framed)
    64 x 64 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Mountain, Sea & Esturary, 2018
    Sold
  • Spencer Shakespeare, SEAHORSE, 2018
    Spencer Shakespeare
    SEAHORSE, 2018
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick, charcoal and aerosol on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, SEAHORSE, 2018
    Sold
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Tallebudgera, 2018
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Tallebudgera, 2018
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick canvas (framed)
    64 x 64 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Tallebudgera, 2018
    Sold
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Winter Garden, 2019
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Winter Garden, 2019
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick and pen wooden board
    56 x 30 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Winter Garden, 2019
    Sold
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Estuary, 2016
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Estuary, 2016
    Acrylic, enamel, charcoal and oil stick, wood panel relief
    60 x 60 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Estuary, 2016
    £ 1,200.00
  • Spencer Shakespeare, Gemini Lovers, 2018
    Spencer Shakespeare
    Gemini Lovers, 2018
    Oil, acrylic, oil stick, charcoal and aerosol on canvas (framed)
    107 x 97 cm
    Spencer Shakespeare, Gemini Lovers, 2018
    £ 2,200.00
Installation shots