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New Limited Edition Print

New limited edition print available. For further details click here.

Deansgate and Whitworth Street 2011 oil on board

This is a painting of one of my favourite parts of Manchester. It’s the junction of Deansgate and Whitworth Street, and all forms of transport pass under and over the many bridges. Trams, trains, canal boat, pedestrians and cars all contribute to a busy, dynamic scene which looks great as nightfall descends.

Published: November 26, 2012
Category: News

Reveal Open Studio Weekend

I’ll be opening my studio this weekend as part of “Reveal” – the annual open studio event in Rossendale.

Prospect Studios – Alan Birch, Jill Randall and Liam Spencer.

137-141 Burnley Road East

Waterfoot, Rossendale BB4 9DF

tel:07930 926 404


10 studios and galleries in total spanning the whole of the Rossendale area. A guide to the event can be collected at Prospect studios or any of the participating studios.

Further details at

It’s also the last few weeks of the exhibition at Gallery Oldham, which finishes on October 6th. It’s a very comprehensive exhibition spanning work made over a twenty year period and includes a lot of work on loan from private collectors. It’s not going to happen again in a hurry!


Published: September 17, 2012
Category: News

Exhibition launch Sat 30th June 1pm

Official exhibition launch at Gallery Oldham, along with Gordon Baldwin’s ceramics on Saturday 30th June at 1pm. All welcome.

Published: June 29, 2012
Category: News

The exhibition at Gallery Oldham is now open to the public. The official opening – for want of a better word – takes place on 30th June at 1pm. See above. Everyone welcome. Exhibition continues until 6th October.

More images from the show can be seen here: There are several paintings for sale.

Published: June 15, 2012
Category: News

Castlefield Gallery Fund Raising Auction

Like many publicly funded art spaces, Castlefield Gallery is going through a difficult period at the moment after withdrawal of Arts Council England revenue funding. In order to address the shortfall, the Castlefield is organising a fund raising auction which includes a diverse selection of work, ranging from Peter Saville’s artwork for the seminal Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures to pieces by Harry Hill, David Shrigley and myself.

The Castlefield was a very important part of my life as a young graduate, and through involvment with the exhibitions committee got to meet some of the country’s leading artists. I fulfilled many different roles at Castlefield over a period of over twenty years, including invigilator, chairman of the board of trustees, and even book keeper at one point!

This is a great opportunity to aquire a piece of art work and support a wonderful Manchester institution. There’s an online auction followed by a live event on Weds 30th May 2012. All the information you need can be found here: or at Facebook:

The piece I have in the auction can be seen below.

“Deansgate and Whitworth Street at Twilight”
16×32 inches. (406x813mm)
Oil on Board 2012

Published: May 23, 2012
Category: News

It’s all been about great heights recently!

A 30metre crane

Gallery Oldham recently hired a crane to revisit the site of the famous 1876 panoramic photograph taken by Squire Knott from the roof of a now demolished mill. I’ve been working on some panoramic paintings of Oldham for the exhibition starting next month, so was invited along for the ride. The original photograph shows a virtual forest of mill chimneys. I counted about 70. How many are now left? Not a single one. 3 churches are the only buildings that help to identify the view. I’ve been working on a large painting of the view, a 2 piece 14 ft panorama. I’ve widened Squire Knott’s view slightly to take in the only mill chimney still visible.The exhibition starts at Gallery Oldham on June 10th with a special viewing event on June 30th.

The Oldham Panorama, Gallery Oldham

The Oldham Panorama, Gallery Oldham

Painting in progress

A 3000 metre mountain

I recently visited the Alps at the invitation of art loving skiing enthusiast Robin Saxby. I did a number of oil sketches on location and with the aid of some photographs hope to make some large paintings of the mountains.

A 300km bike ride and a 462 metre Highland Pass

I’m about to embark on a 3 day – 300km bike ride. On and off road the ride takes in the highest point on the national cycle network, Drumochter Pass at 462 metres. Along with some friends, I’m raising money for the Rossendale Rays – a special needs swimming club here in my home town. If anyone feels able to make a donation of any size it would be very gratefully received.  The easiest way to donate is via the just giving website.

Some members of the fund raising team

Published: May 9, 2012
Category: News

New exhibition

Adolphe Valette and Liam Spencer – Lasting Impressions

Clark Art 20th October to 19th November 2011

All the paintings from the exhibition can now be viewed at

Clark Art Ltd
155, Ashley Road, Hale
Cheshire, WA14 2UW

Tel: +44 (0)161 929 5150
Mobile: +44 (0)7973 755680

Also at:
14, Old Bond St, London W1
(By appointment only)

Published: September 23, 2011
Category: News

Reveal Open Studio Sept 10/11th 2011

Prospect Studios – Alan Birch, Jill Randall and myself – will be taking part in this years “Reveal”, a weekend of Rossendale Artists open studios. 8 venues including a couple of new ones this time. A guide to the event can be collected at Prospect studios or any of the participating studios.

Prospect Studios

137-141 Burnley Road East, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 9DF

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 10.30am – 5.00pm

I’m working towards a new exhibition at Clark Art in Hale – a joint show with Adolphe Valette (1876-1942 ), arguably the grandfather of the Northern Art school, and the man who imported Impressionism to Manchester through his role as tutor at the Manchester School of Art where he taught L.S.Lowry. The exhibition will complement a survey of Valette’s work at the Lowry in Salford: “Adolphe Valette: A Pioneer of Impressionism in Manchester 15th October-29th January 2011″.

Provisional date for the exhibition at Clark Art is 20th October 2011. I’ll post more details as soon as I have them.

Published: August 30, 2011
Category: Exhibitions,New Work,News

salford exhibition opening

Liam Spencer : Painting from Life- 20 years and counting

As one exhibition closes, another begins….

The exhibition at Touchstones, Rochdale has now finished. If you missed it, don’t worry because the exhibition now moves to Salford Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 26th March 2-4pm. (All welcome) Refreshments and live acoustic music.

The majority of the paintings from Rochdale will be on show, together with a new group of paintings of the Salford area, all of which are for sale. We’ll also be showing a dvd of the BBC North West 30 min documentary about my work, “A Picture of Manchester” which was broadcast a couple of years ago.

Some of the new Salford paintings can be seen below. Click the thumbnails to see the whole of the paintings.

26th March to 3rd July 2011

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU

Monday to Friday 10am-4.45pm

Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm

tel: 0161 778 0800


Published: March 11, 2011
Category: News

Exhbition at Touchstones Rochdale

Liam Spencer – Painting from Life: Twenty Years and Counting

I know that lots of people have visited the exhibitions at Touchstones, but if not there’s still time. The exhibition continues until 13th March.

There is a 26 page exhibition catalogue available from the gallery priced £4.00.

There’s also a set of 6 postcards (£3 I think) and 4 new limited edition prints available for the first time, priced between £175-£200. (examples below)

Exhibition continues until 13th March 2011

Free Admission

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Sundays and Bank Holidays 12 noon-4.30pm

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade OL16 1AQ

Published: February 18, 2011
Category: News

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