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Meet Spencer Stander

Today we’d like to introduce you to Spencer Stander.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My Mother is a museum and travel junkie so I grew up having great respect for the arts and different cultures. Add that to the fact that I’ve always been an artist of some sort (I was an avid photographer as a kid and play multiple instruments) and flash forward to today. I took six months off from my normal gig, producing TV and film, to make sculptures and sculptural paintings with the encouragement of my friends and family. What makes me unique, I think, is that my art comes with a hook: most of my pieces are unique games. You might ask, “Why Games?” Well, I’ve been running a game night at a local brewery for a few years and making games that everyone there can play. Then people started to notice how cool the art was behind the games.

My latest challenge was filling a gallery in Downtown Los Angeles with only hanging art, so I created over 40 new pieces.

Please tell us about your art.
I love using a faux impasto technique and sculpting wood and foam to make very unique pieces. Usually, I have a game in mind before I make a piece, but sometimes the piece inspires the game. Some pieces are meant to be taken down off the wall and played on. That means viewers get to see every little detail, which is an awesome experience for an artist. There is a depth behind all of my work and, much like Alice in Wonderland or Lord of the Rings, all of my pieces come from the same universe that I’ve created. Who knows…maybe one day it’ll become its own feature film.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I’ve been successful in other fields, and I think pursuing passions and being unstoppable with your commitments is essential.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Right now I have many pieces on display and available for purchase at Contemporary Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. They’ll be there until October 25th. You can also visit my website at www.spencerstanderart.com and send me an email form on the site if you are interested in purchasing a piece or commissioning me for a project.

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1 Comment

  1. SPENCER STANDER

    September 17, 2018 at 16:16

    Thank you Voyage LA! Great Article!

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