London-based artist Spencer Fung delights in materials that evoke the natural world. As a child growing up in Hong Kong, he sought glimpses of nature and relished trips to the sea. He kept sketchbooks from a young age, and became fascinated by the interplay between space and light, architecture and landscape. He moved to the UK to study architecture at Cambridge University, and in 1990, founded his architectural practice, which takes a holistic approach to the discipline. He also specialises in furniture and interior design. His paintings are an extension of his creativity.
“I often use Chinese ink and watercolours,” Fung says, “and I love to work with natural materials I find around me. I paint instinctively, often starting with a small detail that evolves into a landscape. When I paint lakes and mountains I like to use soil for pigment, water from the lake, and clumps of moss, leaves or bundles of twigs become my paint brush”. This helps him connect with the landscape and brings texture and interest to his work.
Fung paints as he travels. A strong connection to his surroundings brings Fung’s paintings to life. “I never set out to do certain things, they just happen,” Fung says. “I’ve always been observant and like to record. Observing and spontaneously painting from nature is one of the greatest pleasures in life”.