Res­i­dent cruise artist ar­rives home to find ship fol­lowed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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