‘Stay Close to Me by David Spiller’ by David Spiller is one of two silkscreens of 35 colours, printed on Somerset Satin 410gsm paper with hand torn edges, in limited editions of 95, embossed by the estate with full COA.
Micky and Minnie are the first two in a group of ten works specifically imagined by David for the medium of print creating extremely unique editions.Throughout his career David always worked on smaller more accessible paintings as a way to move through ideas quickly and at this point in his life he felt the urgency to create while he still could.
David liked the burst of energy he could encapsulate into these proportions and that the image was more intimate enticing the viewer in to look closely at the work to read the important messages within the messages of love. In these works, he was not confined to the image threshold and it allowed him to let the text spill over the edges onto the white paper to make his messages stand out returning to an idea he used previously in his practice.
He liked the idea of making family groups and conversations between the characters. This set of his editions (in this format) allowed him to realise this overall vision.The dimensions of this series of works mean that they can be grouped together as an installation of images in many various combinations a way he’d always like to see his work displayed.
Each print is signed by his Moira and son Xavier and comes with a full certificate of authenticity.
David Spiller grew up during the establishment of post-war English Pop Culture, from an early age he showed an interest in drawing and was inspired by the cinema characters he liked most - Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, Donald Duck. By the time he attended the Slade Art School in London during the 1960s, he witnessed the raise of British Pop Art and was influenced by the art of its pioneers. However, being younger than most Pop artists Spiller developed a different approach and offered another comment on the new mass-market urban culture.
An essentially urban artist, Spiller focuses on graffiti. He appropriates the images that are constantly being bombarded in cities and presents them under a new light, with different painterly techniques, creating rich and complex surfaces and demonstrating how images that would otherwise go unnoticed by the public can be so powerful and energising. Even though Spiller appeared as a fully formed artist to the British audiences during the 1990s, he was already well known abroad, particularly in America and in Germany, countries in which he lived and where he received encouragement and acclaim while maturing his talent.