Spencer Fung

London-based artist Spencer Fung delights in the intelligence and resilience of the natural world, which he studies with intense care and interest. As a child growing up in Hong Kong, he sought out glimpses of nature, and relished trips to the sea. Keeping sketchbooks from a young age, he became fascinated by the interplay of space and light, structure and landscape. He moved to the UK to study architecture at Cambridge University, and in 1990, founded his architectural practice. His painting expresses the ways he is both profoundly touched by the beauty of natural environments, and troubled by the threats humankind often poses to their survival.

Fung’s attention ranges from the singular qualities of small items such as seed cones and tree roots, to trees and forests, and the sweeping forms of mountains and rivers. His artistic process is characterised by spontaneity and his use of natural materials. “I love to work with the elements I find around me,” he says. “I might use soil for pigment, and water from a lake; clumps of moss, leaves or bundles of twigs might become my paint brushes. I paint instinctively, often starting with a small detail that evolves. I never set out to do certain things, they just happen.” This approach allows Fung to make deep, personal connections with the landscapes that inspire him, and brings a distinctive texture and poetry to his work. “I’ve always been observant and liked to record,” he says. “Painting from nature is one of the greatest pleasures in life.”

'Hidden Lines' installation view

I never set out to do certain things, they just happen.


  • 05.14.20

    Seed of Hope

    Spencer Fung is exhibiting a new show, titled Seed of Hope, at Bamford Barn in Gloucestershire and the Bamford shop in Mayfair, with dates to be released soon. The show features works in clay and graphite, hand-stitched collages, and botanical samples collected by Fung on his walks through nature. The show, commissioned by Carole Bamford, coincides with a front cover feature in the second volume of Seed.

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  • 07.23.19

    Spencer Fung: The Last Wilderness

    In the work of his current show, The Last Wilderness, at the Ralph Pucci gallery in Los Angeles, Spencer Fung shares his emotional response to visiting the Sequoia National Park in California. “My purpose there was to see the largest tree in the world — General Sherman — a giant sequoia over 84 metres high, the base as wide as the length of a London double decker bus,” he says. “It is over 2,000 years old, and still growing. You can see on its trunk where it has been scarred and burned, but it has survived in the most noble way. It filled me with great hope, and confidence in the resilience of nature: it has seen so many generations of humans, endured drought and fire, and survived.”

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