Paul Spencer

Paul Spencer

Paul Spencer describes his paintings of the natural world as ‘monuments to insignificant moments’ that commemorate the prosaic and acknowledge beauty and form in our everyday surroundings. Using a kaleidoscope of bright and acid colours and repeated forms, Spencer paints plants and exotic flowers amongst geological formations. Spencer’s style is deliberate and methodical, drawing the eye to his extreme close-ups of his subjects.

Spencer has exhibited in Melbourne and Sydney and at regional galleries including Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Geelong Gallery. His work is held in the Artbank collection and in public and private collections throughout Australia.


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12/10/2021 – 30/10/2021

OTHER PEOPLE'S ENTHUSIASM

In Other People’s Enthusiasm, Paul Spencer presents the same grotesque figure – red in the face and sullied in expression – in innumerable states of compromise. To give just a few examples, in one painting they are a walrus/human hybrid surrounded by blood, in another they are a one-eyed human with swollen feet, in a third they appear as three near-identical heads, floating in a body of water from which drinks a horse. It is as though Spencer reincarnates this character across canvases only to subject them to another miserable fate. Spencer says that his work addresses ‘the inevitability of our demise and how to live [with that knowledge]’. In these paintings, Spencer’s protagonist appears entirely aware of what is coming. So that in one painting, where Spencer’s protagonist is dismembered in a fire, feet arranged amongst the logs, and their head atop the inferno, they simply display an expression of resignation that seems inadequate for the torture they are enduring. But rather than representing a scene separate from himself, Spencer tries to tease out his own humility in relationship to a broader human condition. Medieval imagery and folklore are recurring themes in Other People’s Enthusiasm. Castles, monks and mythical creatures are represented in images of astonishing suffering: the Middle Ages were, after all, marked by plague, famine and human sacrifice. In representing human misery through the lens of recognisable historical and mythological, Spencer speaks to the collective human experience and, particularly, weakness and shame. Despite the less than alluring themes in Spencer’s paintings, the works are nonetheless visually appealing; they are executed with a cartoon-like, fantasy quality underscored by bold, flat colours and thick, palpable lines. Meanwhile, Spencer’s characters are somehow endearing despite appearing so pathetic. Experienced all together, these qualities create a push and pull between unease and satire – Spencer’s method of working through vulnerability. —Amelia Winata

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Paul Spencer Untitled 66 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 69 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 68 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 67 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 65 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 64 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 63 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 62 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 61 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 60 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 59 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 58 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 57 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 56 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 55 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 54 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 53 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 52 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 51 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 50 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 49 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 48 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 47 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 46 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 45 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 44 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 43 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 42 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 41 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 40 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 39 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 38 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 37 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 36 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 35 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 34 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 33 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 32 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 31 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 30 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 29 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 28 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 27 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 26 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 25 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 24 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 23 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 22 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 21 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 20 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 19 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 18 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 17 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 16 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 15 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 14 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 13 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 12 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 11 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 10 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 9 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 8 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 7 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Untitled 6 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 5 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 4 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 3 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 2 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 1 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Go west 2008 oil on linen 157.5 x 193 cm
Paul Spencer Liberty's tree 2008 oil on linen 157.5 x 193 cm
Paul Spencer The land 2008 oil on linen 157.5 x 193 cm
Paul Spencer Brick Column 2019 ink on paper 51 x 71.5 cm $2,600.00
Paul Spencer The Secret Garden 2019 oil on linen 122 x 137 cm $4,500.00
Paul Spencer Ruins with poplar shadows 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 183 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer Red corner 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 183 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer Inhabited lands 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 183 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer Conflict 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 183 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer Bells and whistles 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm $5,500.00
Paul Spencer Mourning painting 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm $5,500.00
Paul Spencer Remember when 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Three pilars 2019 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm $5,500.00
Paul Spencer Pickings 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92.5 cm $3,000.00
Paul Spencer Chance discovery 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92.5 cm $3,000.00
Paul Spencer Days without end 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92 cm $3,000.00
Paul Spencer Flooding plains 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92.5 cm $3,000.00
Paul Spencer In my beginnings 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92.5 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Island fort 2019 oil on linen 76.5 x 92 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Something left 2019 ink on paper 51 x 71.5 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Notable lack of significance 2017 ink on paper 48.5 x 71.5 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Ten years ago today 2017 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm Sold
Paul Spencer Nostalgia 2017 oil on linen 137.5 x 183.5 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer I remember it being windy 2017 oil on linen 137.5 x 168 cm $5,500.00
Paul Spencer He loved that garden 2017 oil on linen 137.5 x 183.5 cm $6,000.00
Paul Spencer Monument 2016 ink on paper 48.5 x 71.5 cm $2,600.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 66 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 69 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 68 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 67 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 94.5 cm $4,100.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 65 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 64 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 61 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 60 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 59 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 57 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 56 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 55 2021 oil on linen, framed 79 x 64 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 54 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 53 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 52 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 51 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 50 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 49 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 48 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 47 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 46 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 45 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 43 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 42 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 41 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 40 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 38 2021 oil on linen, framed 64 x 79 cm $3,700.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 36 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 35 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 34 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 33 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00
Paul Spencer Untitled 32 2021 oil on linen, framed 54 x 64 cm $3,300.00