Tony Spencer (b.1971) is a visual artist, who works with abstract geometric forms of sculpture, installation and Japanese woodblock (Mokuhanga) printmaking. He predominantly works with traditional hand tools to connect with the natural material of wood.
He studied a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Northumbria University and an MA in Gallery Studies at Newcastle University. He is based at The Yard Studios, Winchester, Hampshire.
My relationship with geometry, reflects a desire for simplicity, rhythm and harmony. Whether I’m working in sculpture or carving woodblock prints, I’m considering how scale and characteristic creates visual equality. My human-scaled geometric sculptures are made from reclaimed wood. This produces an external regularity of weathered texture and tone. The common place material suggests a connection to manual labour. I contrast this with the use of reflection, texture and vibrant colours, combining common placed materials with the magical. The use of auditorial and physical sound vibration is designed to enhance the viewer’s experience of entering a transitional space.
Associate Artist at CAS Chapel Arts Studios
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MA Gallery Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
BA (HONS) Fine Art Sculpture, Northumbria University Newcastle, UK
2021-22 a-n Artist Bursary Award
2021 UK Creative Communities Fellowship Award – Derby Museum & National Arts Strategies (NAS)
2020-21 Arts Council England Project Grant – Nothing ‘is’ Immediate
2020 Arts Council Emergency Response Grant
2019 Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant – Art Handling Course
2019 BEAF2019 Artist Commission – The Cube
2017 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts – Spearman