Liam Spencer b 1964

Liam Spencer was born in Burnley in 1964 and is now one of the leading figures in Northern School Art. He completed a Foundation Course at the Burnley College of Arts and Technology and then went to Manchester Polytechnic where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Although Liam Spencer had already exhibited regularly and widely (Burnley, Guilford, London, Manchester, York), his solo exhibition at the prestigious opening of the Lowry in Salford in 2000 was so successful that his name has subsequently been linked with the urban panoramas of Manchester and Salford. This exhibition at The Lowry Centre exhibition firmly established his reputation as one of the leading artists in the North West.

Liam Spencer is best known for his urban landscapes of Manchester and Salford, he paints familiar scenes and buildings, creating extraordinary pictures of bridges, canals, motorways, industrial buildings, rooftops, traffic and the city at night. He is an artist who sees something fresh and interesting in the everyday life of the city. He paints from what he sees on the street, often on the journey from home to his studio, using a camera to record fleeting impressions. He often colours his canvas with the gleaming reflections caused by car headlights, and the glistening roads and buildings constantly dampened by our Northern climate.
He has painted the Mancunian Way many times, at different times of day and in different weather conditions. The now defunct Odeon Cinema on Oxford Road, Albert Square, Urbis and Victoria Station all appear in his pictures and capture the city's constant transformation.

In 2002 and 2003, Spencer painted a series of pictures in New York based on digital photographs he took there. Times Square in the rain is painted in all its vibrancy, with its traffic, streams of pedestrians and billboards. Spencer's most recent series of paintings are scenes of cities in China; the hustle and bustle of the streets and waterways of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing are captured with the artist's trademark use of colour and light.
In 2006 he exhibited From Manchester to Shanghai at Manchester Art Gallery, and was the subject of a 30 minute documentary on BBC NW, A Picture of Manchester. He also had retrospectives at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2011 and Gallery Oldham in 2012.

Liam Spencer finds beauty in what others might consider banal, from canals and chip shops to motorways and modern buildings. In his hands, a drab and dreary city scene on a wet and miserable day can appear beguiling and beautiful.

Liam is often most frequently associated with images of Manchester, but he doesn't see himself as primarily a Mancunian artist. His iconic paintings of New York are now as popular as his Manchester Scenes. He has also painted scenes of Cornwall, Venice, Shanghai, Bejing, Istanbul and Rome. He has recently produced a series of black and white ink paintings made up of individual sections. These have proved to be very popular with collectors


What makes looking at Liam Spencer's paintings today so refreshing is that they very simply and confidently belong to that rarest of all traditions - the tradition of good painting.
Bridget Riley

Liam Spencer

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Liam Spencer - Albert Square

Liam Spencer

Albert Square

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £500.00

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Liam Spencer - Campfield Arcade

Liam Spencer

Campfield Arcade

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £500.00

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Liam Spencer - Canada Goose

Liam Spencer

Canada Goose

Ink and Wash

5 x 4 ins (12.70 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £120.00

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Liam Spencer - Castlefield Basin

Liam Spencer

Castlefield Basin

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Deansgate Pub

Liam Spencer

Deansgate Pub

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Deansgate and Sawyer Arms

Oil on Board

6 x 8 ins (15.24 x 20.32 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Deansgate and Whitworth Street

Oil on Board

6 x 8 ins (15.24 x 20.32 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Driving Into Sunset, East Manchester

Oil on Board

9 x 18 ins (22.86 x 45.72 cms)

Price: £3,250.00

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Liam Spencer - Flowers and Hillside

Liam Spencer

Flowers and Hillside

Oil on Board

6 x 4 ins (15.24 x 10.16 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Flowers and Reservoir

Liam Spencer

Flowers and Reservoir

Oil on Board

6 x 4 ins (15.24 x 10.16 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Garage Hale

Liam Spencer

Garage Hale

Oil on Board

4 x 6 ins (10.16 x 15.24 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Greenfinch

Liam Spencer

Greenfinch

Ink and Wash

4 x 3¾ ins (10.16 x 9.53 cms)

Price: £120.00

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Liam Spencer - Grey Squirrel

Liam Spencer

Grey Squirrel

Ink and Wash

2.5 x 4 ins (6.35 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £120.00

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Liam Spencer - Hale Village

Liam Spencer

Hale Village

Oil on Board

12 x 16 ins (30.48 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Highland Cow

Liam Spencer

Highland Cow

Ink and Wash

3 x 5½ ins (7.62 x 13.97 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Liverpool Road

Liam Spencer

Liverpool Road

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £500.00

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Liam Spencer - Mallard

Liam Spencer

Mallard

Ink and Wash

5 x 5 ins (12.70 x 12.70 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Mare and Foal

Liam Spencer

Mare and Foal

Ink and Wash

5½ x 5½ ins (13.97 x 13.97 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Mills & Supermarket Chadderton

Oil on Board

15¾ x 64 ins (40.01 x 162.56 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Newton Street, Manchester

Oil on Board

24 x 36 ins (60.96 x 91.44 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Oxford Road Cyclist

Liam Spencer

Oxford Road Cyclist

Oil on Board

32 x 24 ins (81.28 x 60.96 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Oxford Road Ink Drawing II

Indian Ink on Watercolour Paper

7 x 15 ins (17.78 x 38.10 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Pantheon and Umbrellas

Liam Spencer

Pantheon and Umbrellas

Ink and Wash

31 x 47 ins (78.74 x 119.38 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Pied Wagtail

Liam Spencer

Pied Wagtail

Ink and Wash

2¼ x 4 ins (5.72 x 10.16 cms)

Price: £100.00

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Liam Spencer - Rickshaw, New York

Liam Spencer

Rickshaw, New York

Oil on Board

24 x 48 ins (60.96 x 121.92 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Roe Deer

Liam Spencer

Roe Deer

Ink and Wash

3 x 5 ins (7.62 x 12.70 cms)

Price: £120.00

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Liam Spencer - Science and Industry Museum, Sunset

Oil on Board

6 x 10.5 ins (15.24 x 26.67 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Strangeways Twilight

Liam Spencer

Strangeways Twilight

Oil on Board

8 x 12 ins (20.32 x 30.48 cms)

Price: £2,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Tawny Oil

Liam Spencer

Tawny Oil

Ink and Wash

5 x 3 ins (12.70 x 7.62 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Times Square  - Umbrellas

Oil on Board

24 x 48 ins (60.96 x 121.92 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Times Square Study, Zebra Crossing

Oil on Board

8 x 16 ins (20.32 x 40.64 cms)

Price: £2,900.00

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Liam Spencer - Times Square, Aeropostal

Oil on Board

24 x 48 ins (60.96 x 121.92 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Town Hall

Liam Spencer

Town Hall

Oil on Board

4 x 4 ins (10.16 x 10.16 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Town Hall Skyline

Liam Spencer

Town Hall Skyline

Ink and Wash

34½ x 57¾ ins (87.63 x 146.69 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Trafalgar Square Study

Liam Spencer

Trafalgar Square Study

Oil on Board

5½ x 16½ ins (13.97 x 41.91 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Turf Moor and Park View

Oil on Board

12 x 21 ins (30.48 x 53.34 cms)

Price: £4,750.00

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