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 - Bubba Gump NY

Liam Spencer

Bubba Gump NY

Watercolour

30 x 52½ ins (76.20 x 133.35 cms)

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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 - 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 - Cornerhouse in the Rain

Oil on Board

12 x 18 ins (30.48 x 45.72 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 Cathedral

Indian Ink on Watercolour Paper

10 x 7¼ ins (25.40 x 18.42 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: £4,250.00

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Liam Spencer - Early Doors at the Etihad II

Oil on Board

14 x 96 ins (35.56 x 243.84 cms)

Price: £12,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Empire State

Liam Spencer

Empire State

Oil on Board

18 x 12 ins (45.72 x 30.48 cms)

Price: £3,950.00

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Liam Spencer - Fire Rescue, New York

Liam Spencer

Fire Rescue, New York

Oil on Board

9 x 12 ins (22.86 x 30.48 cms)

Price: £3,500.00

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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 - Gullivers, Manchester

Liam Spencer

Gullivers, Manchester

Oil on Canvasboard

11¾ x 9½ ins (29.85 x 24.13 cms)

Price: £3,000.00

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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: £4,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Isle of Skye

Liam Spencer

Isle of Skye

Oil on Board

8 x 56 ins (20.32 x 142.24 cms)

Price: £5,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Liberty and Staten Island Ferry

Oil on Board

7¾ x 19 ins (19.68 x 48.26 cms)

Price: £4,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Lifeguards and Lighthouse

Oil on Board

24 x 36 ins (60.96 x 91.44 cms)

Price: £9,750.00

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Liam Spencer - Liverpool Panorama

Liam Spencer

Liverpool Panorama

Oil on Board

11½ x 42 ins (29.21 x 106.68 cms)

Price: £6,500.00

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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 - Marina and Pendle

Liam Spencer

Marina and Pendle

Oil on Board

12 x 36 ins (30.48 x 91.44 cms)

Price: £5,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Mills & Supermarket Chadderton

Oil on Board

15¾ x 64 ins (40.01 x 162.56 cms)

Price: £11,000.00

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Liam Spencer - New York - East 42nd Street

Ink and Wash

12 x 20 ins (30.48 x 50.80 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Newton Street, Manchester

Oil on Board

24 x 36 ins (60.96 x 91.44 cms)

Price: £9,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Ode To The Odeon

Liam Spencer

Ode To The Odeon

Ink and Wash

25 x 37½ ins (63.50 x 95.25 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 - Patan, Nepal

Liam Spencer

Patan, Nepal

Oil on Board

24 x 30 ins (60.96 x 76.20 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Piccadilly

Liam Spencer

Piccadilly

Oil on Canvasboard

11.75 x 8 ins (29.85 x 20.32 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Piccadilly Fog

Liam Spencer

Piccadilly Fog

Ink and Wash

25 x 83 ins (63.50 x 210.82 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Police Horse in Times Square

Oil on Canvasboard

9½ x 11¾ ins (24.13 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £3,000.00

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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)

Price: £9,000.00

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Liam Spencer - Rochdale Road Rainbow

Liam Spencer

Rochdale Road Rainbow

Oil on Board

9 x 27 ins (22.86 x 68.58 cms)

Price: £4,250.00

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Liam Spencer - School Bus and Crane

Liam Spencer

School Bus and Crane

Oil on Canvasboard

7¾ x 11¾ ins (19.68 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £2,000.00

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Liam Spencer - School Bus and Zebra Crossing

Oil on Canvasboard

9½ x 11¾ ins (24.13 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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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 - Shambles II

Liam Spencer

Shambles II

Oil on Board

13½ x 20 ins (34.29 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £4,250.00

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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 - Sunset on Broadway II

Liam Spencer

Sunset on Broadway II

Oil on Board

25 x 20 ins (63.50 x 50.80 cms)

Price: £5,250.00

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Liam Spencer - Taxi and Zebra Crossing, New York

Oil on Canvasboard

11¾ x 9½ ins (29.85 x 24.13 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Taxis & Flags Times Square

Watercolour

30 x 59½ ins (76.20 x 151.13 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Thawing Snow Match Day

Liam Spencer

Thawing Snow Match Day

Indian Ink on Watercolour Paper

7.25 x 9.75 ins (18.42 x 24.77 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Thawing Snow Match Day I

Oil on Board

24 x 30 ins (60.96 x 76.20 cms)

Price: £8,800.00

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Liam Spencer - The Whitworth ( Suzie MacMurray)

Oil on Canvasboard

9½ x 11¾ ins (24.13 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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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 I

Liam Spencer

Town Hall I

Indian Ink on Watercolour Paper

10 x 7.25 ins (25.40 x 18.42 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Town Hall II

Liam Spencer

Town Hall II

Indian Ink on Watercolour Paper

7¼ x 10 ins (18.42 x 25.40 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 - Traffic In The Rain I

Liam Spencer

Traffic In The Rain I

Oil on Canvasboard

7¾ x 11¾ ins (19.68 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £2,750.00

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Liam Spencer - Traffic in the Rain II

Liam Spencer

Traffic in the Rain II

Oil on Board

16 x 24 ins (40.64 x 60.96 cms)

Price: £5,000.00

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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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Liam Spencer - Two Women In The Temple

Oil on Canvasboard

8 x 11¾ ins (20.32 x 29.85 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Two Women, Istanbul

Liam Spencer

Two Women, Istanbul

Oil on Board

10 x 14 ins (25.40 x 35.56 cms)

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Liam Spencer - Whitworth Street West

Liam Spencer

Whitworth Street West

Oil on Board

12 x 9 ins (30.48 x 22.86 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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Liam Spencer - Woman and Dog Nepal

Liam Spencer

Woman and Dog Nepal

Oil on Canvasboard

9½ x 11¾ ins (24.13 x 29.85 cms)

Price: £2,500.00

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