With a penchant for primary-coloured Disney characters and popular song lyrics, Slade School alumnus Spiller (1942-2019) created screen prints packed with vibrant energy. Combining the expressionist influence of his former tutor Frank Auerbach with a love of Pop Art and graffiti, his pieces feature love-token scribbles over bold typographic statements or two-dimensional renderings of familiar animated characters. Reflecting Spiller’s upbeat character, the resulting works are the perfect antidote to 21st-century cynicism.
Did you know?
A teenage Spiller was accidentally shot in the shoulder during a meeting of the Swanley Army Cadets: the resulting scars served as a lifelong chat-up line.
Country of Birth
Morgan Stanley Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Belgacom, Brussels, Belgium
Hanwon Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Collection UCL, London, UK
Foundation Carmignac, Paris, France
Gestion, Paris, France
'Woord & Beeld' Museum, Hedendaagse Kunst Utrecht, Netherlands
Gallery Moderne Silkeborg, Denmark, 2011
Guy Pieters Gallerie Knokke, Belgium, 2011
Villegle Museum Saint Gratien, France, 2010
Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg, Denmark, 2009