Brussels / Belgium
After a degree in Architecture, Spear travelled around the world and painted numerous murals in more than 20 countries. His travels allowed him to discover different social realities, opened his eyes to the human condition globally and made him question Western lifestyles and values. His work is his way of sharing his thoughts and interrogations on contemporary civilisations. Always steeped in a social message, spear’s paintings present mankind as emotional beings in the center of a society that has a tendency to loose sight of human values.
Spear is fascinated by Old Masters, their technique and the incredible power of narration, but also by contemporary artists. His work is a transition from an academic training into a contemporary process, evolving from a controlled realism to a more spontaneous and deconstructed practice.
In his series, The Ninth Wave, Spear speaks up against systemic oppressions through oil paintings and charcoal drawings radiating with emotions. Depicting tormented bodies in movement is his way of translating that violence. The bodies are marked with tattoos reading strong messages such as ACAB, 1312, Abolish White Supremacy, NO, etc. Spear aims to demonstrate that being faced with such oppression marks people physically and psychologically permanently.
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