Stanley Spencer at Laing Art Gallery on artrepublic.com
Exhibition running from Oct 18 2008 until Jan 11 2009
A major exhibition of work by one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century is to go on show at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. Stanley Spencer, which is organised by Tate Liverpool, brings together sketches and paintings which span Spencer's life as an artist, including early sketches, visionary biblical scenes, and portraits from the Tate collection.
The exhibition includes a number of self portraits, from Self Portrait, 1914, when the artist was in his early twenties, to a final self portrait painted in 1959, the year Spencer died.
Spencer was born in 1891 in Cookham in Berkshire. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1908 to 1912 and in 1914 he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. After the war he was asked to paint a work as a war artist and he also worked as a war artist in the Second World War, most famously depicting shipbuilding on the Clyde.
In 1925 he married artist Hilda Carline, sister of his friend and fellow artist Richard Carline. He held his first one man exhibition in London in 1927. In 1937 Carline divorced Spencer and a week later he married artist Patricia Preece. After Spencer's marriage with Preece fell apart, Spencer visited Carline and that continued throughout her mental breakdown, until her November 1950 death from cancer. He died in 1959 and during his lifetime he was awarded the CBE and knighted, and had been elected to the Royal Academy.
OPENING HOURS: Mon - Sat: 10.00 - 17.00, Sun: 14.00 - 17.00
Image 1: Stanley Spencer, Self-Portrait, 1914. © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2008. All rights reserved DACS. Image © Tate, London 2008.
Stanley Spencer, Swan Upping at Cookham, 1915-19. © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2008. All rights reserved DACS. Image © Tate, London 2008.
Stanley Spencer, The Bridge, 1920. © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2008. All rights reserved DACS. Image © Tate, London 2008.
Stanley Spencer, The Lovers, 1934. © The Estate of Stanley Spencer 2008. All rights reserved DACS.