Dennis SpicerDennis attended the Byam Shaw School of Painting in London from 1979 to 1983. Since then he has supported himself as a teacher and by selling his art. In 2000, he moved to the Merseyside with his family where he continues to teach and paint. The majority of his work are of still life.
"Perhaps it is the idea of the momento mori, the idea that life is transitory, or perhaps that the objects within a painting are somehow carrying on a dialogue with each other, but whatever it is, I find the subject endlessly stimulating and fascinating. The painting of the varying textures and the way that the surfaces reflect light constantly challenge the artist and the spaces between the objects become just as important as the objects themselves. In the tradition of "nature morte" I am attracted to paint things that are cast off and have no importance. I find objects in charity shops or sometimes in the detritus of the street or on the sea shore. I am trying, through painting them with the same attention and scrutiny as more precious objects, to reclaim them from being simply overlooked. Life drawing and painting are also important to me as a change from the static nature of the still lives to the more spontaneous capturing of a momentary gesture. In addition I have lately been doing landscapes of the country side around West Kirby and portraits."
Dennis has had two one man shows in London and regularly exhibits at the New English Art Club and Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibitions, as well as shows in the North West. He has paintings in both private and public collections in this country and abroad.