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 William III Spencer  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Arizona      Known for: abstract painting, commercial illustration

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William Spencer III
Featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, February 2004
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Spencer III (b. 1956)    

A former commercial Illustrator, he began following his love of painting in the late 1980s.

Raised in the Midwest without Television Spencer has been fascinated with the idea that the air is filled with images, words and ideas which are not seen unless properly 'tuned in' to the right wavelength.

Artist Statement:
I like to think my work is something like these unseen wave-forms. I would compare this to a familiar tune where the words may not consciously be understood yet one still finds meaning or nostalgia.

I look for balance between the intentional and happy accidents.
- and love the dichotomy of soft lines alongside organic tendrils sharing space with more rigid humanly derived structure.

It is important the viewer sees clear evidence of obvious brush work yet hoping one wonders if portions were finished by artificial means.
William Spencer III .

Juried Exhibitions:    
Sausalito Art Festival - 1989
Los Angeles Art Expo - 1989
Kingsley Art exhibit at The Crocker Museum of Art. Juried by former curator of The Whitney Museum of Art

Sunstorm Fine Arts - Southern CA.
Artbook - Scottsdale AZ
Art Expo Preview magazine
Decor - National Art magazine
Sacramento - The 'Best of the city'-issue
On The Wings - Sacto. Art review
Bisbee Marquee - Bisbee, AZ
Phoenix Home and Garden, Feb 2004
Diggs Magazine - Tucson, AZ Oct 2002

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Biography from Cooper's Art Gallery & Brokerage:
• Raised in the Midwest
• Principal works are mixed media on panel abstracts.

• William is a self-taught artist whose career began as a Commercial Illustrator.

• After moving to central California, he began painting the first body of work which would bring him recognition in the world of Fine Art.  That first show - in Sacramento California - earned him the juried title: “1990’s Rising Star of Northern California” by unanimous vote of area galleries.

• Also in 1990, his work was again chosen from over 800 California Artists for the Crocker-Kingsley exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum, which is a longstanding forum for emerging artists which has provided many now well-known artists an unparalleled opportunity for exposure in a prestigious museum setting.

• One underlying factor which manifests in recurring idiosyncrasies of William’s work is the fact that he was raised without television. Over time he has come to regard this facet of his childhood as a subtle yet persistent influence in his varied expressions. He has always found the idea fascinating that the air was filled with images, words and ideas not seen or heard unless properly ‘tuned in’ and as his work has evolved one can find numerous ways this theme is repeated.

• “I prefer not to have my mind set on a particular result when I paint. It’s better to let the painting develop as I go - so I usually don’t know exactly how it will be finished until suddenly I realize it is finished. Most of my paintings start as one thing but wind up completely differently from how I imagined when I began. A dialog has to flow both ways between the painting and those who view them. If I were to insist on my own personal interpretation there would be nothing left for the viewer except for an unmoving and static view. If they participate however, then my paintings become personal experiences. This is by far is the most rewarding way for me to work.”

• William’s work has been featured in… Sunstorm Fine Arts Magazine, Décor, Phoenix Home & Garden, Tucson Guide (cover), Scottsdale Discovery Maps, and Diggs Magazine.

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