Resident cruise artist arrives home to find ship followed
LOCAL artist Des Spencer has just returned from working as a resident artist on the Royal Caribbean and the ship has followed him home.
Arriving in Port Douglas today, the Royal Caribbean had been cruising around the world when artist Des Spencer joined them in Hawaii.
“I’ve just come back from a 17-day cruise from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and then to Sydney,” he said.
“They fly me to ports to go on the ship and exhibit my work and I do demonstrations of my work and give lectures.
“It’s been very fantastic, I’ve experienced many different locations and I’ve got shows in Hawaii in the middle of November and Dubai and Abu Dhabi next January.”
When he is not cruising the world exhibiting his work, Des is running his self-titled gallery in the centre of Macrossan St.
“I have been open now for three months, I had been looking for an opportunity for a gallery in the main street for a long time - it has more exposure,” he said.
The artwork on display is a combination of the various styles of Des Spencer, from fine detail to abstract.
“My impasto style, I call it a free style of painting which is painted from the subconscious mind, developed over 14 years,” he said.
“I love abstract, the beauty about abstract is it develops new ideas which creates new styles like my impasto style, textured painting.
“I am inspired by the local environment and colours of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest.
“Exhibiting around the world right through Europe and the United States as well is a great opportunity not just for myself but also for the exposure of Port Douglas and its natural environment.”
Ship magnet: artist Des Spencer