David Spooner is a Brisbane-based multidisciplinary artist who draws inspiration from the natural and unnatural worlds. 

David graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours from the Queensland University of Technology in 2003 and in 2008 completed a Masters in Visual Arts at Griffith University (Queensland College of Art). 

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A recent show featured 52 drawings in response to running over Brisbane’s Story Bridge 52 times. David’s latest project involves creating one drawing every day over the course of this year and numbering it accordingly. David draws connections between seemingly unrelated ideas and materials to create his new work, revealing in the process the complexity of the inner logic that drives his practice. Using textiles, found objects, knitting, machine and hand stitching, David creates three dimensional installations that play with literal and imaginative narratives.

David has exhibited nationally at Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space, Metro Arts, Next Wave Festival, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, The Walls Art Space and Wreckers Art Space. He has collaborated with the artist-run initiative The Wandering Room and with the artist David Creed in a collaborative duo known as David/David. David has been a visiting artist in the Sculpture Department at Australian National University, Canberra, and was the recipient of the Cathryn Mittelheuser Travel Grant, studying in Paris and London. He was recently a part of major group exhibition at the QUT Art Museum in Brisbane where he showed his textile installation ‘Quartz Quilt’.  

David has recently been involved in the Out of the Box Children’s Art Festival at QPAC and with children’s art activities at QAGOMA. David is also involved with Brisbane’s refugee community, with whom he regularly collaborates on projects.