Monday, 16 July 2018

New arrivals swell Spencer collection

THE Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer arrived at the Stanley Spencer Gallery at the start of the month.

THE Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer arrived at the Stanley Spencer Gallery at the start of the month.

The Cookham gallery’s new exhibition includes an unprecedented combination of fine Spencer paintings, including the entire permanent collections of Aberdeen City Art Gallery and Leeds City Art Gallery, alongside selected hauntingly profound works from the Spencer gallery’s own collection and others loaned by private collectors.

The result is an exhibition that will exemplify the extraordinary diversity of Spencer’s output and the breadth of his creative genius.

Visitors will see three main facets of Spencer’s oeuvre, with vivid fusions of the earthly, the spiritual and the beloved discerned in the paintings, every one with layers of stories to tell and many touched by images or reflections of Cookham.

There is a series of passionate spiritual works including The Betrayal and Christ Preaching at Cookham Regatta, as well as representations of the natural world and the outdoors, such as Clipped Yews and Greenhouse Interior, which is a long-term loan from a private collector and has rarely been on public view.



There are also figurative works depicting significant scenes from Spencer’s complex personal life, including Separating Fighting Swans, Patricia at Cockmarsh Hill and Neighbours.

Dr James Fox, fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, art historian and broadcaster, said: “Stanley Spencer was one of the most original artists of the 20th century. His paintings are beautiful, inimitable and irresistibly uplifting.

“To see so many of them on show in his lifelong home of Cookham is an experience that will not be forgotten. With this glorious exhibition the ever superb Stanley Spencer Gallery has outdone itself!”

The Creative Genius of Stanley Spencer - Celebrated Northern Collections runs until March 20 next year.

See www.stanleyspencer.org.uk for more information.



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