Born in 1967 in London, Spencer Shakespeare discovered his addiction to the natural world in his yearly holidays to Cornwall with his family, which he returned to after 20 years of living on Australia's Gold Coast. He now lives and works near Penzance, where he says the bird song is at its most beautiful.
Spencer 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, as the element of interchange between the domestic boundary and the beginning of wilderness.
Being an obsessive and automatic drawer since the age of seven, Spencer went on to complete a degree in Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art and Design (1992-1995). His love of drawing never stopped, and 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.
Spencer never strives for specifics, nor is beholden to the landscape around him. Instead he draws and exposes his own imaginary world. His work suggests mystery, 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.