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The Artist

What Makes Des Tick

The love of creating art is my passion and truly is my life’s calling. I am never really happy unless I am free to create art. This commitment to create means I am always thinking of ideas well before the brush even touches the canvas. Ideas spring from experiences I have had or new environments and are transformed once I start the painting process. Painting for me means escape from reality and entry into my own world.

Once I have a new idea I feel compelled to transfer this thought onto canvas quickly so as to not lose any of the imagery. Then this is where my subconscious mind takes over and the painting then evolves and develops. Colour plays an important part in my art as I am always happiest when surrounded by light, colour and beauty.

The Artist’s Palette

The medium I chose to use is Atelier Acrylic Paints. Since 1988 I have exclusively used Atelier Acrylic Paints made by Chroma and have found them a perfect match to the way I paint. They are quick drying, non toxic and the broad range of vibrant colours appeals. From painting delicate mosaic work to heavy impasto applications these acrylics are a perfect fit!

Biography – The Journey so Far…

Des Spencer is world renowned for his vivid, vivacious images of the world around him. Land and cityscapes, floral and abstract studies and underwater scenes explode with pulsating color, conveying all the energy and passion of life itself. His imagery dances on the canvas, reminding us that living is joyous.

Des paints in acrylics and couples this medium with a highly distinctive paint application that includes painters trowel, brushes and tools, allowing him to create depth and movement through the combination of vibrant colors and varying texture. He paints directly to canvas from his imagination and observations.

Des is an artist whose rich talent has developed over the past two decades. His devotion to his unique impasto style has cemented his reputation as a leading International artist. After living in Cairns for 22 years Des now resides and paints in the UAE. Des frequently travels to exhibit his work and his reputation continues to grow steadily.

September 1963
Born Ipswich, Queensland Australia
November 1989
Became professional artist
Nov 1989 – June 1992
Regional Exhibitions (Sydney Royal Easter Show, Brisbane Home Show, Sunshine Coast Garden Festival, Toowoomba Festival of Flowers, Canberra Show, Lismore Show,
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Hervey Bay Whale Festival, Port Macquarie Home Show, Grafton Show). Farming Field Days (Mudgee, Agquip-Gunnedah, Orange, Henty, Toowoomba, Bundaberg), Shopping Centre Gallery Display (Coffs Harbour, Rockhampton, Grafton).
June 1992
Moved family to live in Cairns
July 1992
Opened Gallery at Pier Marketplace, Cairns
May 1998
Opened Coral Coast Art Gallery, Abbott St, Cairns
September 1998
Reef painting appeared on nationally released Telstra phone cards
October 1998
Commission Painting - Radison Hotel, Port Douglas, 3m x 2.5m triptych
April 1999
Cairns Regional Gallery - Artist of the North Exhibition
July 1999
Rainforest & Reef painting on second Telstra phone card release
September 1999
Reef and rainforest paintings featured on International Release Telecom phone cards
November 1999
Solo exhibition, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
March 2000
Solo exhibition, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
April 2000
Solo exhibition, Tree Tops Resort, Port Douglas
May 2000
Solo exhibition, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
September 2000
Opened Des Spencer Gallery, Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas
January 2001
Opened Des Spencer Gallery, Marina Mirage, Gold Coast
March 2001
Solo Exhibition. Red Hill Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
July 2001
Exhibition of paintings and ongoing supply, Carmel & Chicago USA
February 2002
Exhibition of paintings, Dragon Gallery, The Hamptons, USA
September 2002
All Artist Exhibition, Red Hill Art Gallery, Australia
February 2003
Exhibition of paintings Diamond Head Gallery, Hawaii, USA
June 2003
Solo Exhibition, McGraths Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
July 2003
Solo Exhibition, Wards Showpiece, Harbour View Hotel, Sydney, Australia
September 2003
Exhibition Diamond Head Gallery, Hawaii, USA
November 2003
Exhibition St Andrews Old Course Hotel, Scotland, UK
November 2003
Auction of painting @ Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Ball, London UK
November 2003
Exhibition of paintings Hunter Gallery, Sudbury Suffolk, UK
November 2003
Display of paintings Queensland House, The Strand, London, UK
May 2004
Exhibition of paintings McGraths Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
September 2004
Solo Exhibition, Tabora Galleries, Hawaii
March 2005
Exhibition of paintings - All Artist Show, Tabora Galleries, North Shore, Hilton, & Waikiki, Hawaii
August 2005
Exhibition of paintings - All Artist Show, Tabora Galleries, North Shore, Hilton, & Waikiki, Hawaii
September 2005
Continued exhibition and supply of paintings to Tabora Galleries, Hawaii
March 2006
Exhibition of paintings - All Artist Show, Tabora Galleries, North Shore, Hilton, & Waikiki, Hawaii
May 2006
Supply of paintings to Sargents Galleries, Maui, Hawaii
June 2007
Exhibition of paintings Tabora Gallery, Waikiki, Hawaii
July 2007
Exhibition of paintings Desert Sun Art Gallery, Scotsdale, Arizona
December 2007
Launched Des Spencer Publishing – Limited Edition Prints
February 2008
Commissioned to supply Limited Edition Prints to Cairns Colonial Club - major resort refit
November 2009
Exhibition of paintings Tabora Gallery, Waikiki, Hawaii
Jan 2011
Exhibition of paintings, Le Meridian Abu Dhabi
Jan 2011
Appearance on Chef Osama Cooking show, Dubai– Australia Day special.
July 2011
Joint exhibition of paintings at Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane
July 2011
After 11 years at the Sheraton Mirage, Des Spencer Galleries moved to a new gallery location in Macrossan St, Port Douglas
Sept 2011
Exhibiting artist onboard Royal Caribbean’s cruiseship The Radiance of the Seas
March 2012
Signed licensing agreement with TSK Giftwares
April 2013
National Licensing agreement with Hales Imports
August 2014
Moved to UAE to establish Des Spencer Art
Dec 2014
Exhibition of art Le Meridian Abu Dhabi
Jan 2015
Exhibition of art Bushmans Restaurant Anantara Dubai, The Palm Resort and Spa
Feb 2015
Exbibition of art Anantara The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai
Mar/Apr 2015
Exhibition of art Jumeira Creekside Hotel, Dubai

Charity and Media

Des has been an enthusiastic and proud supporter of many charities over the years. His donations of his colourful art has assisted the following charities – Hear and Say Centre, Breast Cancer Charities, Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Spina Bifida, Starlight Foundation, Harold’s House, Helen Rollason Cancer Charities (UK), FNQ Youth Assistance Fund, Ronald McDonald House and The Leukaemia Foundation.

Des’ art has been featured on Win TV and on ABC Radio. Festival artist – Hervey Bay Whale Festival 1991, Fun in the Sun Festival, Cairns 1999, Gold Coast Indy, Oct 2002. Featured in Australian Art magazine, Time Out Featured Artist - Cairns Post, Cairns Tropical North Publications, Time Out magazine, Abu Dhabi 2011, Chef Osama Cooking Show, Australia Day promotion Dubai, 2011, Port Douglas Lifestyle magazine 2013, Cairns Life magazine 2013.

Shop 7, 18
Macrossan St
Port Douglas 4877
PH 61 (0)414971591

Studio 3206
Al Baker Tower 5
Al Kahn Corniche
Al Taawun, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Ph 971 (0)56 9359687