Spencer utilizes and explores the power of repetition and its ability to unlock greater insights into our own lives. Through the use of shapes based loosely in the subtle curves and tight angles of geometric forms Mar developed his own visual language. These ‘Fire Flowers’ as he calls them, are more expressive and gestural, than they are mathematical. Mar builds and thrives on that tension. He uses color to portray a sense of emotion and bring the viewer closer to his heart. He manipulates and shapes these feelings through the selection and composition of color. More than anything, his paintings are an open-dialogue between the viewer and the artist.
Born and raised in Southern California, he has lived throughout the Los Angeles area. Spending the formative years of his life in Malibu, near the beach. MAR was born from the sea. A life-long surfer, the ocean played a huge role in his development, so much so, that his name came from it. ‘Mar” is Spanish for ‘the sea’.
Spencer or Mar (it is kind of up to you) first garnished the public’s attention in 2010 through his street art. His hand-drawn “shades of grey” Prismacolor marker pieces could be seen adorning buildings, walls, utility boxes and light posts around the world. Once the public began to embrace MAR’s street art, and street art in general, his fine art began to garnish attention of celebrities, major brands and collectors alike.
The artist recently commissioned to paint two very large scale murals for the The Viceroy Hotel Group in Santa Monica, CA and Los Cabos, Mexico. As well as completing two hand painted cars for BMW and Soho House. He’ completed a collaboration with Adidas for their Venice, CA store opening. Spencer’s art has been shown at art fairs like ‘Scope Miami’, ‘Art St. Tropez’ and ‘The LA Art Show. LA Magazine named his, ‘You Are Beautiful’ mural in Santa Monica, California as one of the “100 Most Photogenic Spots in LA”.
He has exhibited at Context Art Miami Art Fair (2018); Art Angels LA (2015/2016/2017/2018) ABV Gallery (Atlanta 2018); ‘Art St. Tropez’ (2017 France); Boulevart Gallery CDMX (2016 Mexico City); The LA Art Show (2015/2016)); MAMA Gallery LA (2015); Soze Gallery LA (2014/2015); The Seventh Letter Gallery (2015 LA); Graffik Gallery London (2014 UK); The Whitney Museum of American Art (2013 NYC); LACMA (2013 LA); Gallery Brown (2012 LA); Miguel Parades Gallery (2012 Art Basel, Miami); MAR has completed many commissions and installations for people and companies like; Coca-Cola, BMW, Adidas, Nike, Red Bull, Disney, Neiman Marcus, Smart Car/Mercedes Benz, Fiat, Mondrian Hotels, Viceroy Hotel Group, Modernica, Vans Shoes, Warner Brothers Records, Air + Style, Hudson Jeans, Neff Headwear, Lucas Films, The Art of Elysium, Siren Studios, Solé Bicycles, Vestal, Lauren Moshi, Munchkin Inc., DJ Vice, Lomography, 1LOVE Foundation and the Marley Beverage Company. He has collaborated with artists: Michel Comte, Terry O’Neill, Mark “MADSTEEZ” Deren, Gregory Siff, Gino Miles, Blanda Eggenschwiler and 2wenty. MAR and his work, were recently featured on a nationwide television interview on ABC Sports. His work is also seen online and in such publications as Unleashed, W Magazine, Juxtapoz, Hypebeast, Complex, Angeleno, The Daily Mail, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, LA Canvas, Patron Magazine, Streetsy, Curve, The Red Bull Bulletin, Caras (MEXICO), Fine Life (JAPAN), Frank151 and LA Weekly.
Mar’s work is included in the Dean Collection alongside heavyweights like KAWS, Daniel Arsham and Kehinde Wiley. Two Large scale works have been prominently placed in the Neiman Marcus permanent collection as well as a large scale mural piece that resides in the permanent collection at UCLA. Spencer’s art has achieved solid prices at auctions alongside works by Banksy and Hirst.