with Paul Chapman
Length: 3 weeks
Starts: 24 May
Venue: Cheese & Grain
Stanley Spencer – The Odd One Out
Spencer, an English painter working in the 20th Century, is considered a visionary and an eccentric. He was an independent artist who never joined any of the artistic movements of the time. Spencer’s works often express his fervent, if unconventional, Christian faith and his romantic and sexual obsessions.
Spencer was a commissioned War Artist in both WW1 and WW2. He was skilled at organising multi-figure compositions as seen in some of his greatest works including ‘Resurrection, Cookham’ ‘The Sandham Memorial Chapel’ and the Port Glasgow Series’. Spencer saw military service in WW1, had two unconventional marriages, was rejected on occasions by the Royal Academy, had an attempted prosecution for obscenity against him, all while living his entire life in a Berkshire village, which makes his life as intriguing as his paintings.
May 24th, 31st and June 7th
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE
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