David Spiller | (1942 - 2018)

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of David Spiller. David passed away in early June at home with his wife Moira by his side, having bravely fought his illness for many months.

Spiller's art is filled with life and energy, and compresses a world of influences, ideas and impressions. His first teacher was Frank Auerbach, but other influences include Picasso and Dubuffet. Spiller's art is a blend of styles, mixing the hard-hitting immediacy of Pop art - its bright colours, punchy texts and clean lines - with a deceptively simple expressionism. To these striking images, he has added another layer of intuitive freehand texts that include lines from his favourite songs (by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and other recognisable pop numbers that have seeped into his consciousness). Simultaneously fun and sincere, his work captures the imagination of adults and children alike.


Biography

1942
Born Dartford Kent

1957
Sidcup School of Art Kent

Beckenham School of Art Kent

1962-65
Slade School of Art London

Lives and works in Berlin and New York

Galerie Zeitkunst Innsbruck and Cologne (solo show)
Galerie Eugen Lendl Graz Austria (solo show)
Woord & Beeld' Museum Hedendaagse Kunst Utrecht Holland
(toured to Ratingen Germany)
'Materialisation' Mannheim Kunstverein Mannheim Germany

1988
Twinings Gallery New York (solo show)
Kana Contemporary Arts Gallery Berlin (solo show)
Galerie Zeitkunst Innsbruck and Cologne (solo show)

Twinings Gallery New York (solo show)

1990
Alexander Roussos Gallery London (solo show)
Twinings Gallery New York (solo show)
Galerie Ariadne Vienna (solo show)

Galerie Ariadne Vienna (solo show)
Willy Schoots Gallery Eindhoven Holland (solo show)

1992
Reflex Gallery AmsterdamPop & Artvertising Museum Van Bommel Venlo Holland
Galleria Naviglio Milan and Venice Italy (solo show)

Galleria Naviglio Milan & Venice Italy
Galerie Rokoko Stuttgart Germany (solo show)
Galerie Ferdinand Maier Cologne Germany (solo show)

Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark (solo show)
Cotthem Gallery Knokke Belgium (solo show)

Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Cotthem Gallery Knokke Belgium (solo show)
1996
Museum Van Bommel - Van Dam Venlo Holland
Cotthem Gallery Knokke Belgium (solo show)

Cotthem Gallery Barcelona Spain (solo show)
Galerie Ribbentrop Germany

Take 3' Beaux Arts London
Galerie Rokoko Stuttgart Germany (works on paper)
Cotthem Gallery Knokke Belgium (solo show)
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Edward Lucie-Smith)

Cartoons and Comics Virgin Atlantic
Artists of Fame & Promise' Beaux Arts London
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Linda Saunders)

Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark (solo show)
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
Guy Pieters Galerie Knokke & Latem Belgium
Guy Pieters Galerie St Paul de Vence France
Gallery Camino Real Boca Raton Florida USA (solo show)
Galerie Klaus Peter Goebel Stuttgart Germany
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Ben Tufnell)

2001
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
Galerie Wild Frankfurt Germany (solo show)
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Marco Livingstone)

2002
'Contemporary Narrative' Gallery Camino Real Boca Raton Florida, USA
'L'humour dans L'art contemporain' Museum Espace Belleville Paris
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Martin Gayford)

'David Inshaw - Friends and Influences' Royal West of England Academy
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Galerie Wild Frankfurt Germany (solo show)
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
Galerie Ernst Hilger Vienna
Galerie Guy Pieters Knokke Belgium (solo show)

Beaux Arts, London (solo show; essay by Edward Lucie-Smith)
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Raab Galerie Berlin Germany (solo show)
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
Galerie Guy Pieters St Paul de Vence France (solo show)

Galerie Wild Frankfurt Germany (solo show)
Love for sale' Bankside (curated by Edward Lucie-Smith)
Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Sue Hubbard)
Midwest kunst Herning Museum Denmark

Apart Media Amsterdam (solo show)
Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg Denmark
Summer Show Beaux Arts London
'Mickey dans tous ses états' Artcurial Paris (mixed show)

2007
Guy Pieters Galerie St Paul de Vence France (solo show)
Mannheim Kunstverein Mannheim Germany (solo show)
Galerie Wild Frankfurt (solo show)
Guy Pieters Galerie Knokke Belgium (solo show)

Galerie Moderne Silkeborg Denmark (solo show; essay by Simon Grant)Galerie Tournesol Lyon France (solo show)
Willy Schoots Gallery Eindhoven Holland (two-man show with Rik Van Irsel)
Galerie Wild Frankfurt Germany
Interatrium Gallery Porto Portugal (solo show)
Beaux Arts London (solo show: essay by Martin Gayford)

2009

Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg Denmark
Guy Pieters Galerie St Paul de Vence France (solo show; essay by Martin Gayford)
Guy Pieters Galerie Knokke Belgium (two-man show with Robert Combas)
'Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door' Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Edward Lucie-Smith)

2010
Beaux Arts London (solo show; essay by Charles Darwent)
Villegle Museum Saint Gratien France (solo show)
Galerie Tournesol Vichy France (solo show)

2011
Gallery Moderne Silkeborg Denmark (solo show)
Guy Pieters Gallerie Knokke Belgium (solo show)
Guy Pieters Gallerie (mixed show: Jim Dine, Indianna, Mel Ramos, Warhol)
Harley Gallery Wellbeck Collection (William Parente) Nottinghamshire


2012
Beaux Arts London (solo show: essay Sam Cornish)
PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Morgan Stanley Bank Frankfurt
Belgacom Brussels
Hanwon Museum Seoul
Collection UCL Foundation
Carmignac Gestion Paris