About Ian David Spencer
'In my work I create a palette of beautiful arrangements, colours, textures and powerful narrative. But what's just as important is the process of creating the art. No two processes are the same in my vision and it is the unknown and unpredictable end results that are a powerful motivation for creating my art'
My art is created using the mediums of photography and digital media. It could best be described as a "gateway between reality and dreams" or a "transcendence into imaginary realms". My philosophy is to create work that is unbound from conventional trends. So I prefer instead to create from "the higher self", with pure intuition and without judgement. This allows me complete freedom to fully express my unique ideas and to create a versatile and eclectic range of themes. Ranging from dream-like and ethereal, darker and psychedelic, transcendental and cosmic, mystical and magical, even crossing over to the paranormal and spiritual realms. From these I create my "lands of mystery and wonder" with a palette of beautiful arrangements, colours, textures and powerful narrative. But what's just as important is the process of creating the artwork. No two processes are the same emotionally and subconsciously and it is the unknown and unpredictable end results that are a powerful motivation for creating my art. It is my hope that in some way I help you to embark on a journey or voyage of discovery, to "participate" in my work, perhaps through meditation, and bring you some spiritual clarity, healing or even just divert you from the minutiae of everyday reality.
During my childhood and teenage years my imagination was lightyears away thanks to a love of science fiction, fantasy and psychedelic music. These themes still inspire my work today along with my spiritual beliefs. I am also inspired by my love of forests, woodland and ancient archaeological sites where I sense the special energy in these locations.
Originally, my passion for the photographic image was seeded in the late 1970's when I became fascinated with black and white photography. I shot almost entirely on black and white 35mm film and learned to process my films and prints in a home darkroom. I was City and Guilds Of London Institute trained in photography in the 1990's but since then largely self-taught in the field of digital imaging. By studying digital photography I also discovered digital painting software and so my artistic journey commenced with the results that you see today.