David Spiller

There Must Be an Angel, 2013

  • 2013
  • Acrylic and pencil on canvas
  • 72 x 60 ins


David lived in Berlin in the 80s and always recollected stories about the potency and imagery he saw on the Berlin wall. Regularly referring to his paintings as walls, loving the notion of building a wall and defacing it by scribbling on it.
David laboriously assembled swatches/panels of canvas 'neurosurgically' sewing them together. Precise and beautifully constructed hard edge colour abstract works were painstakingly stencilled with lyrics from a favourite song. This unique way of assembling a painting gave him the freedom to remove or add panels, to obtain the right balance. He loved the precision and possibilities this process offered, explaining that a line could not be painted so sharply; he took pride in this labour of love, a magical process of what appears at first glance to be a seemingly effortless job.

The idea just hangs in my mind that if you make it by hand you will discover what it is. I can hear it echoing from people in my past that I have respected.

Written by Xavier Spiller-Cameron