Artist David Spiller shows what you can do with a little graphic design training, displaying a series of bold, graphic canvases with an emphasis on typography in his exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, opening this Wednesday.

Spiller describes his own work as "about colour and space"; onto this he adds bold colour and stencilled letters, which he then disrupts with a series of scribbled words, figures, doodles and other elements.

For this exhibition, titled Tryin' to get to Heaven Before They Close the Door, Spiller mines his record collection, using fragments of lyrics -- some instantly recognizable, others less so -- to create a collection of works that is romantic, idealistic, and instantly cheery. He also taps into key icons of popular culture, using cartoon characters.

Spiller is a long-established artist, who cut his teeth at graphic design school in the late 1950s and was a key figure on the art-school circuit of the 1960s.

His exhibition at Beaux Arts runs from September 9 to October 3.

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